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Liene Ozoliņa

1 Waiting as an organising logic The seven fat years ‘We have seven fat years ahead of us’, said the Latvian prime minister (PM) Aigars Kalvītis in his New Year’s Eve speech to the nation. The years ‘that we have been dreaming about’. He said these words on 31 December 2005, only for the economic crisis to hit three years later. The biblical reference to Joseph’s travails in Egypt, enduring seven years of hunger to arrive at another seven of abundance, fitted the ceremonial tone of the speech. The PM’s address on New Year’s Eve is an established political

in Politics of waiting
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Portraying the exhumation and reburial of Polish Jewish Holocaust victims in the pages of yizkor books
Gabriel N. Finder

a Jewish cemetery, almost always restored after its desecration, and indefatigably pursued this objective. This fact is reflected in myriad yizkor books. My first example of the depiction in a yizkor book of the exhumation and reburial of Polish Jewish victims of the Holocaust by Jews returning to Poland comes from the yizkor book of Żelechów, published by the Żelechów landsmanshaft in Chicago in 1953. Żelechów lies in east-central Poland, 85 kilometres from Warsaw. About 5,500 Jews, two-thirds of the town’s population, lived there on the eve of the Second World

in Human remains and identification
José López Mazz

remains. All this occurred on the eve of the return to democracy. These were two unique historical moments with two different political objectives, but both had in common a strategy based on disappearing. The first, of a strictly military nature, prioritized the immediate physical disappearance of the enemy. The second prioritized the destruction of historical memory and the possibilities of judicial action against the genocide. Mass murder occurred in a geographical space in which violence was territorially divided into various specialized areas of activity: secret

in Human remains and identification
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Mass violence, corpses, and the Nazi imagination of the East
Michael McConnell

these notions and underscored the idea that a war in the East would be a conflict unparalleled in the history of warfare, in terms of both scope and violence.7 This was starkly evidenced by Directive Number 21, issued to German troops by the Wehrmacht High Command on the eve of the invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941. It remarked, ‘Bolshevism is the mortal enemy of the National Socialist German people … this war demands the ruthless suppression of bolshevist snipers, guerrillas, saboteurs, Jews, and the complete elimination of active or passive resistance’.8 The

in Destruction and human remains
Listening to the Campanaccio of San Mauro Forte
Nicola Scaldaferri

, in addition to attracting more tourists, have had the effect of bringing the inhabitants of San Mauro face to face with the specificity of their festival, mainly thanks to the comparison with other events and to the contribution of experts and scholars, which all resulted in an increasingly active contribution of the local residents. During the 2000s the council also tried to move the Campanaccio to the Saturday closest to the eve of St Anthony’s day, though still providing the possibility of having a parade on the 16th, as happens traditionally. The move was

in Sonic ethnography
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Liene Ozoliņa

are still widely known among Latvians who grew up during that time, and some of this heritage lives on. When I was visiting my friends in Riga to celebrate New Year’s Eve together a few years ago, the TV was playing the Soviet classic Ironiya sudby, ili S legkim parom! (The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy your Banya!). It is a movie that was traditionally watched on New Year’s Eve across the Soviet Union. When the movie would end on one channel, we only had to click briefly through other channels, both Latvian and Russian, to find it playing again. My friends were

in Politics of waiting
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Selling the Barefoot College
Stewart Allen

him to the train station. I had the opportunity to briefly chat to him on the way about the proposed research and the College in general. He was wholly receptive to the proposal and raised no objections. On the contrary, Bunker was already making plans to send me out into the field to learn first-hand about solar-system maintenance. After many months of protracted visa difficulties, I finally made it out to India in December 2008, arriving in a surprisingly misty and cold Delhi in the early hours of New Year’s Eve. With most of the city under a tight police presence

in An ethnography of NGO practice in India
Massacres, missing corpses, and silence in a Bosnian community
Max Bergholz

, DHR.indb 15 5/15/2014 12:51:04 PM 16  Max Bergholz particularly those of their relatives, neighbours, and fellow fighters, and the ebb and flow of mass killing. The community in question lived in the Kulen Vakuf region of north-western Bosnia, approximately 50 km from the city of Bihać. On the eve of the Second World War, the municipality of Kulen Vakuf comprised a section of the Una River valley and its surrounding hills. In the valley were Muslim villages and the town of Kulen Vakuf. Its population was nearly entirely Muslim, while in the surrounding hills were

in Destruction and human remains