Date Thesis Awarded


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Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)




Tuska Benes

Committee Members

Marc Lee Raphael

Frederick C. Corney

Laurie Koloski


This thesis examines how the museum-community relationship is affected by the level of international interest in a site. In the case of Holocaust museums and memorials, the late twentieth century surge of international attention focused on the sites spilled over into the communities. Small towns in Poland and Germany were suddenly subject to a global commentary. Dachau, Oranienburg, and Oświęcim are different towns with distinct pasts, but they serve as a comparison point for how international involvement in a museum can affect the community around it. By extension, and central to this project, this comparison addresses how international interaction with a museum effects how local students interact with the institution. Not all international involvement and influence is negative. International involvement within these sites has ensured their preservation and increased international education initiatives to end hate speech and genocide in the 21st century. It is my hope that this thesis highlights the need for an international dialogue about the future of the preservation of Holocaust memory that incorporates students.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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