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Sara Jean Brenneis
Amherst College (Amherst, MA 01002-2372)
A Cultural Study of Spanish Representations of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp (1940-2012)

My project is a monographic cultural study of Spanish representations of Mauthausen, the Nazi concentration camp. This volume provides a critical chronology of narrative fiction, film, memoir and historiography produced from the moment Spaniards began to be deported to Mauthausen in 1940 to the present day and inspired by the experiences of Spaniards detained or killed in Mauthausen during World War II. My study will be of value to scholars in the humanities because it treats the larger questions of how art represents history in the context of different political situations and how artistic representations form the tangible manifestation of a society's collective memory. Furthermore, this project delves into the circumstances surrounding the presence of Spaniards in concentration camps, information that has often been willfully overlooked or suppressed in Spain and is almost entirely absent in discourse about the Holocaust.

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Project fields:
Film History and Criticism; International Studies; Spanish Literature

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 12/31/2015