DIE ERMITTLUNG / THE INVESTIGATION (1965)
— at once a ceremony that recovers the truth, and a permanent mourning of death, indignity, and dehumanization
— rewrote/synthesized all 183 sessions of the real Auschwitz trials between December 20th 1963 and August 20th 1965 into ONE recording
A SOLID OBJECT COMES OUT OF EACH WITNESSES TESTIMONY
ACCUSED PARTIES’ ATTEMPTS TO CONTRADICT THEIR STORIES/THE FACTS ARE FRUITLESS
THE OBJECT AFFORMENTIONED IS CRUELTY, HUMILIATION, COLD, TORTURE, HUNGER, AGONY, IMPOSSIBLE LOVE, THE SHOOTINGS, INJECTIONS INTO THE HEART, POISONING, & ANNIHILATION.
pg.85. they were merely dealing with people that were already dead
they had stopped being people
when they crossed the camp gate they were no longer human beings
it was like no different than beating a dead body
EXTERMINATION BECOMES THEATRE
pg.101. HISTORY AND MEMORY
LIMITS OF ALTERITY, UNDERSOOD INDIVIDUALLY, AS JOINED BY THE LIMIT OF CULTURAL ALTERITY
what becomes shared?
passing through this?
in studying multiple genocides?