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13:30 - 21:30 12 May 2014

The transmission of a troubled past: Between the personal and professional


Roberts 508 | Roberts Building (link Map)
Malet Place | London | WC1E 7JE | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Marci Shore, Associate Professor of History at the University of Yale, where she teaches European Cultural and Intellectual History.
Aaron Sachs, Associate Professor in the Department of History at Cornell University, where he also teaches in American Studies and coordinates the Cornell Roundtable on Environmental Studies Topics (CREST).
David Silberklang, Senior Historian at the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, and Editor of the scholarly journal Yad Vashem Studies, as well as Series Editor of The Holocaust Survivors’ Memoirs Project. In addition to his teaching at the University of Haifa, he teaches Jewish History at the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at Tel Aviv University, and he has been a visiting professor at Case Western Reserve University and the IDF College.
Rebecca Wittmann, Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Toronto.
Alexandra Senftt, author and journalist whose work focuses on the Near and Middle East, the transgenerational consequences of National Socialism in Germany, and the dialogue with victims and their descendants.

How are we to make sense of, recount and transmit the past? How do we acquire knowledge of, interpret and analyse what is, by definition, removed from our immediate access and experience?

More specifically, how do professionals – historians, authors, filmmakers – deal with the past, particularly where this past is immersed in at times unspeakable violence? What place do personal reflections and family history have in such endeavours?

Long gone perhaps the days in which historical accounts were uncritically assumed to be scientific and accurate representations of events as they had truly occurred. Yet how to approach and probe history – especially how to understand and transmit the Holocaust – from a variety of disciplinary and personal perspectives remains a critical endeavour. In discussion with renowned authors from the US, Canada, Israel and Germany on Europe’s troubled past, this half-day event proposes to do precisely that.


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