Thank you so much for your kind letter. I apologize for my slow response, but it has been a very intense teaching semester. Your topic sounds intriguing — especially the question of personal identity and individual perspective and how it impacts engagement with memorial forms and memory seems to me very promising — and as far as I know, there isn’t a lot of scholarship directly on this idea. Are you familiar with the work of Oren Baruch Stier? His new book, Holocaust Icons, Rutgers UP, might be something useful for your topic. Also, I am in the midst of writing a book review on a collection of essay and just came across a piece by Tracy Rosenberg that might be worth looking at: the book is Revisiting Holocaust Representation in the Post-Witness Era and her essay is “Contemporary Holocaust Memorials in Berlin: On the Borders of the Sacred and Profane.” Personally, I am also fascinated by this idea of the sacred in representation, and the work of Mark Taylor — Disfiguring: Art, Architecture, Religion — was incredibly rich and inspiring — if you haven’t read this, I really recommend it.
I wish you luck with this project, it sounds great, and please let me know if there is any way I can help.