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Buy and Download Description The following quote by writer and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel points to the very essence of the problem of memory in the French Caribbean today: "The executioner always kills twice, the second time through silence" (qtd. in Chalons 2000: 152). Countless colloquiums organized by the people of Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guiana on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the abolitionary decree reveal the same feeling of unease in regards to the way in which France chose to commemorate this event. The Martinican writer Patrick Chamoiseau (2000: 112) laments France's "self-glorification" through the exclusive celebration of the abolitionary moment. The year 1848 became a moment of victory for the French, the victory of humanitarian ideology over a horrific system of human exploitation. However, in the process of remembering the abolition, the government-led celebrations failed to honor the memory of those who were transported across the Atlantic for three centuries, who died laboring for the production of sugar, and who continually rebelled against colonial rule: the slaves. The following quote by writer and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel points to the very essence of the problem of memory in the French Caribbean today: "The executioner always kills twice, the second time through silence" (qtd. in Chalons 2000
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