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Beyond Camps and Forced Labour Virtual Symposium: New initiatives and debates around Holocaust memorialisation

January 5, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

UNRRA welfare worker with children at the UNRRA Weisbaden Camp, postwar

United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) welfare worker, Miss Eileen Wermig, leads a group of young children at the UNRRA Weisbaden Camp, where some 5,000 children were housed, pictured after the Second World War. Wiener Holocaust Library Collections.

In organisation with Imperial War Museum Institute, Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, the Holocaust Research Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of Wolverhampton.

To mark the postponed seventh international multidisciplinary conference, Beyond Camps and Forced Labour, the conference organisers are pleased to announce a virtual symposium that will explore new international debates in Holocaust memorialisation. In the spirit of the conference, we hope that the debate and discussion generated by the panel presentations will bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines engaged in research on themes of the ‘life after’ and memory, as well as the interested public. We are looking forward to hosting the next Beyond Camps and Forced Labour conference in January 2023.

Virtual Event Programme: (All times GMT)

6.00pm            Welcome and introduction by Suzanne Bardgett, Head of Research and Academic Partnerships, Imperial War Museum Institute

6.05pm            New museum initiatives in the UK and the Netherlands

Chair: Dr Christine Schmidt, Deputy Director, Wiener Library

James Bulgin, Content Lead on the new Holocaust Galleries at Imperial War Museums London

Emile Schrijver, Director, Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam

Discussion/ Questions

6.45pm            Recent debates on Holocaust memorialisation in Germany and Poland

Chair: Professor David Feldman, Director, Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism

Professor Jennifer Evans, Professor of History at Carleton University, to reflect on developments and debates in Germany

Professor Dariusz Stola, Professor of History, Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, and former Director of POLIN, museum of the history of Polish Jews, Warsaw, to reflect on developments and debates in Poland


7.25                 Concluding words from Professor Dieter Steinert, Professor of Modern European History and Migration Studies, University of Wolverhampton

Event guidelines:

1. The Library will send you a Zoom link and joining instructions via email prior to the event. Please check your junk email folders.

2. Please try and join 5 minutes before the event start time and we will let you into the room (do try and bear with us if this takes a few minutes).

3. If you would like to ask a question during the event, please type your question into the chat function, and we will endeavour to answer as many questions as possible during the Q&A. Your webcam will not be seen during this event.

4. The event will be recorded for the Library’s YouTube channel and will be shared at a later date.

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January 5, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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