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Buried Memories: Wartime Caches and Family History in Estonia
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeology.
2013 (English)In: Archaeologies of Mobility and Movement / [ed] Beaudry, Mary C. & Parno, Travis G., New York: Springer Science+Business Media B.V., 2013, 1, 101-115 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

During the Second World War, many Estonians buried family possessions before fleeing overseas. Yet their hopes of returning soon to recover them were dashed by the postwar Soviet occupation. During the long years of exile, these possessions were transformed from everyday objects into a kind of repository for memories. One way for exiles to remember their homeland and sustain their dreams of return was to tell stories. Some managed to retrieve their belongings while in exile, others went back to find them after the fall of the Soviet Union. This chapter examines a selection of stories about underground wartime hoards in order to show how family traditions lend a human dimension to grand narratives of the recent past.

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New York: Springer Science+Business Media B.V., 2013, 1. 101-115 p.
, Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology, ISSN 1574-0439 ; 35
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Archaeology of the contemporary past, family possesions, hoards, Estonia, Second World War
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-87950DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-6211-8_7ISBN: 978-1-4614-6210-1 (Print)ISBN: 978-1-4614-6211-8 (Online)OAI: diva2:608227
Artefaktiska minnen. Samtidsarkeologiska perspektiv på ting.Ruin Memories. Materiality, aesthetics and the archaeology of the recent past.Tid, minne och representation. Ett mångdisciplinärt forskningsprogram om historiemedvetandets förvandlingar.
Available from: 2013-02-26 Created: 2013-02-26 Last updated: 2013-04-03Bibliographically approved

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