Kendra

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Professor of American Studies, Washington, DC

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After attending a meeting of the European Social Sciences Conference in Berlin in 2004, we visited the Jewish Museum in Berlin, took a train to Sachsenhausen, then traveled to Krakow, where we made a pilgrimage to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Back in Krakow, browsing in the main plaza, I was shocked to see a tourist stall stocked with these images. As an African-Americanist who has spent many decades studying and writing sbout racial stereotypes, representation and formation in the U.S., my antennae were immediately raised (someone--I don't remember who--subsequently told me that these figures were very popular works of tourist art!) It joins other racialized artifacts I have collected through my travels. It shares my mantelpiece with other works of tourist art; his closest neighbor is a Zulu figure from, I think, Durban, South Africa


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Jack

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Do you know who made the Zulu doll? Was she made by a Zulu or a black African of another ethnicity, or a non-black South African, or even in a factory in Asia?