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Élisabeth Anstett and Jean-Marc Dreyfus

various victim groups of irredentist conflicts, anti-​Semitic persecution and repression against Resistance fighters to Nazi occupation have brought into play a vast palette of rituals that are not always primari­ly religious in character, but always eminently political, in a context in which the inscription of corpses within a framework of identity is crucial in justifying the region’s political and national affiliation. Similar issues are addressed in the chapter by Devlin M.  Scofield, which examines the transfer of the remains of eleven members of the French

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The discovery, commemoration and reinterment of eleven Alsatian victims of Nazi terror, 1947– 52
Devlin M. Scofield

 wake. Notes 1 See R. Bessel, Germany 1945: From War to Peace (New York: HarperCollins, 2009), especially ch. 3, ‘Murder and Mayhem’. 2 See S. Farmer, Martyred Village:  Commemorating the 1944 Massacre at Oradour-​sur-​Glane (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999). 3 The mass grave of the Alsatians was the second of its kind discovered in the area outside Rammersweier. In December 1945, the bodies of four Frenchwomen who had been executed as members of the French Resistance had been discovered in the neighbouring forest. The women had been killed at the same time

in Human remains in society