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Memory of the Shoah in Europe

April 19, 2018
07:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Humanities Center Conference Room D

On the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the panel will discuss the future of Holocaust memory on the European continent. The participants - moderated by Dr. Thomas Fleischman, Assistant Professor of History - will include Randall Stone, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Skalny Center, Annamaria Orla-Bukowska, Associate Professor of Sociology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków and Skalny Visiting Professor, and Bonnie Abrams, Director, Center for Holocaust Awareness and Information (CHAI) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester.

The Holocaust is a defining element of world history, but on the European continent it is a part of very local history. From the Atlantic to the Eastern Front, and from the Arctic to North Africa, nearly everyone was implicated as a collaborator, as a victim, as a bystander, or as a resister. Fateful decisions had to be made which would define the battle lines of memory for the next generations. Over the seven decades that followed, official commemorations and grassroots movements have lifted up the duty to remember. At the same time, on both sides of the Iron Curtain, there were efforts to recast history in ways favoring the power elites. Since the Cold War's close, however, significant progress has been made towards a Shoah memory that encompasses all the grey zones. Yet, just as it appeared that a consensus view had emerged, a backlash set in: there is now a disturbing trend in Europe towards nationalistic governments and xenophobic societies, including a controversial new law about the representation of WWII history in Poland.

Co-sponsored by the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies and the Center for Humanities, University of Rochester

Free and open to the public. Parking on designated University lots is free.

Category: Other Center Activities