[Panel Discussion] "Holocaust Research, Memory and Politics in Eastern Europe"

14.01.2019 (19:00 - 20:30)

On Monday, January 14, 2019, the Center for Holocaust Studies Munich and the Chair of Contemporary History of the LMU Munich invite to a panel discussion on "Holocaust Research, Memory and Politics in Eastern Europe". Dr. Ekaterina Makhotina (Bonn), graduate school alumna Natalia Aleksiun, Ph.D. (New York), Prof. Dr. Andrea Pető (Budapest) and Ph.D Svetlana Suveica (Regensburg) will talk about the Holocaust remembrance in times of increasing right-wing populism. The event is part of the research colloquium "The Holocaust and its Contexts".

The recent rise of right-wing populist movements and regimes in Europe is dramatically changing the memory of the Holocaust. Especially in Eastern Europe, history and memory nowadays are highly political and research on the Holocaust has become more and more complicated. Public discourses are characterized by a competition of victimhood and a strong emphasis on the various countries’ suffering under the Soviet regime after World War II. Especially talking about the attitudes of local populations towards German persecution and annihilation of the Jews and doing research on the collaboration of locals with the German perpetrators is a contested field, as the notorious “Holocaust Law” in Poland demonstrates.

Renowned experts in the field of Holocaust studies will discuss questions of research, memory and politics, with a focus on, but not limited to Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, Moldavia and Romania.

Natalia Aleksiun is Professor of Modern Jewish History at Touro College, Graduate School of Jewish Studies in New York. Her work focuses on the history of Polish Jewry in the twentieth century, Polish Jewish relations and the Holocaust in Eastern Europe.

Ekaterina Makhotina is Assistant Professor for the History of Eastern Europe at the University of Bonn. Her monograph on the commemoration of the Holocaust and WWII in Lithuania was awarded the Peregrinus-Prize of the Bavarian Academy of Science 2017.

Andrea Pető is Professor in the Department of Gender Studies at Central European University, Budapest and a Doctor of Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She is teaching courses on European comparative social and gender history, gender and politics, women’s movements, qualitative methods, oral history, and the Holocaust.

Svetlana Suveica is a Research Associate at the Institute of History, Chair of Southeast and East European Studies, University of Regensburg. Her current research is focused on local public institutions in Bessarabia and Transnistria during WWII.

The colloquium "The Holocaust and its Contexts" is organized by the Department of Contemporary History and the Center for Holocaust Studies at the Institut für Zeitgeschichte in Munich. It is a discussion forum that picks up on trends, issues and policy issues in Holocaust research and presents recent research in a broader context.

Location: Munich, Historicum, Amalienstraße 52, room K401

Time: Monday, 14.01.2018, 7-8.30pm

The colloquium is open to anyone interested. No registration is required. The event will be held in English.

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