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18:00 - 19:30 21 January 2014
Bringing the Dark to Light - Memory of the Holocaust in Postcommunist Europe
G6 Lecture theatre |
UCL Institute of Archaeology
31–34 Gordon Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom
Dr Joanna Michlic, Dept. of Historical Studies, Bristol University, Bristol University, Joanna Beata Michlic is a social and cultural historian, and founder and Director of HBI (Hadassah-Brandeis Institute) Project on Families, Children, and the Holocaust at Brandeis University. In September 2013, she has also been appointed a lecturer in Contemporary History at the Faculty of the Department of Historical Studies at Bristol University, UK.
In 1945, only a few grasped the extent of the destruction of East European Jews and their civilization and the implication of this loss for the region. Today, the Holocaust has become the European paradigm of lieu de mémoire and the universal icon of evil. Most recently some have claimed the Holocaust an international paradigm of human rights. These developments have evolved in different directions, creating greater understanding of the impact of the Holocaust on the one hand, and on the other making poor analogies and producing competing narratives of martyrdom. In Europe the memory of the Holocaust does not cease to cause tensions between the West and the postcommunist countries. The presentation discusses the major stages of the process of restoration of memory of the Holocaust in postcommunist Europe.
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