Landscapes of Memory and Impunity

The Aftermath of the AMIA Bombing in Jewish Argentina


Winner of an Honorable Mention in the Latin American Jewish Studies Association (LAJSA) 2017 Book Award competition for an outstanding book on a Latin American Jewish topic in the social sciences or humanities published in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.

Landscapes of Memory and Impunity chronicles the aftermath of the most significant terrorist attack in Argentina’s history—the 1994 AMIA bombing that killed eighty-five people, wounded hundreds, and destroyed the primary Jewish mutual aid society. This volume, edited by Annette H. Levine and Natasha Zaretsky, presents the first comprehensive, multidisciplinary work about this decisive turning point in Jewish Argentine history—examining the ongoing impact of this violence and the impunity that followed. Chapters explore political protest movements, musical performance, literature, and acts of commemoration. They emphasize the intersecting themes of memory, narrative and representation, Jewish belonging, citizenship, and justice—critical fault lines that frame Jewish life after the AMIA attack, while also resonating with historical struggles for pluralism in Argentina.

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Annette H. Levine, Ph.D. (2005), University of California at Santa Barbara, is Associate Professor at Ithaca College. She has published translations and articles on Argentine literature as well as a monograph on the works of Aída Bortnik, Griselda Gambaro, and Tununa Mercado entitled Cry for Me, Argentina (Fairleigh Dickinson, 2008)

Natasha Zaretsky, Ph.D. (2008), Princeton University, is Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights at Rutgers University. She has published various articles about the politics of memory in the wake of violence for Jewish Argentines, drawing on her ethnographic research in Buenos Aires, including, “Children of the Shoah” in The New Jewish Argentina (Brill, 2013)
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Introduction, Annette H. Levine and Natasha Zaretsky
Chapter One: The Nation’s Bodies: Justice and Belonging in the Aftermath of the AMIA Bombing, Susana Wappenstein
Chapter Two: Reading Memoria Activa’s Discourse: Demands for Justice and Identity Symbols, Fernando Fischman and Javier Pelacoff
Chapter Three: Remembering the AMIA Bombing: The Mothers of Pasteur Street and Stones of Memory, Edna Aizenberg
Chapter Four: Vestiges of Memory Post-Atentado: Monumental Photographs and Spaces of (Impossible) Return, Annette H. Levine
Chapter Five: Blows to the Heart: Reflections on the Literature of the AMIA, Stephen A. Sadow
Chapter Six: Struggles of Coherence: Listening as Political Agency in the Plazas and Streets of Memory, Natasha Zaretsky
Chapter Seven: Searching for Justice: Citizenship, Human Rights, and Anthropology, Karen Ann Faulk
Chapter Eight: So We Don’t Lose Memory: Jewish Musical Performance in Buenos Aires After the AMIA Bombing, Lillian M. Wohl
All interested in Jewish Studies and Latin American Studies, and anyone concerned with social justice, activism, memory studies, and cultural responses to terrorism and anti-Semitism.