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17:00 - 19:00 24 February 2015

Remembering the Holocaust in Europe today


Roberts 309 | Roberts Building (link Map)
Malet Place | London | WC1E 7JE | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Professor Bill Niven, Nottingham Trent
Professor Mary Fulbrook, UCL
Dr Francois Guesnet, UCL
Dr Andy Pearce, UCL
Paul Salmons, UCL

Recent publications in Germany suggest the Germans may have had enough of Hitler and the Holocaust. As Harald Welzer put it, “Hitler can be forgotten”, while Ulrike Jureit complained elegantly that the Holocaust Memorial was more of marker of the 1968 generation’s pathological identification with Jewish victims than of anything else. Christian Meier wrote a book on the virtues of forgetting, echoing complaints from other quarters about a “hypertrophy of memory”. This raises a question about a possible German memory Sonderweg. While countries around the globe are moving the Holocaust to the centre of their historical and memorial consciousness, Germany is beginning to wonder if enough is enough. What has prompted this wave of scepticism? Where will it lead? What will happen to European Holocaust memory if Germany, surely the trendsetter in most aspects of Holocaust memorialisation, becomes engulfed in doubts?


Julia Wagner
+44 (0)7933491050 | j.wagner@ucl.ac.uk