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12:00 - 15:00 29 May 2014

Auschwitz: awkward approaches


Roberts G06 | Roberts Building (link Map)
Malet Place | London | WC1E 7JE | United Kingdom

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

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Professor Mary Fulbrook, Dean, UCL Social & Historical Sciences
Dr Stephanie Bird, Senior Lecturer, UCL German
Dr Christiane Wienand, Research Fellow, UCL German
Dr Julia Wagner, Research Fellow, UCL German
Gaelle Fisher, Teaching Fellow, UCL German

Over the post-war decades the name Auschwitz became a symbol for the Holocaust. It is often used as a synonym for absolute evil. The question of how Auschwitz should be commemorated and the various ways of instrumentalising this memory remain contested.

This panel explores ‘awkward approaches to Auschwitz’: competition between different victim groups, Auschwitz as a mass tourism destination, grotesque and humorous takes on the Holocaust, entertaining and compelling depictions of the violence as well as other awkwardly human responses to the Nazi past.

This session will facilitate a discussion about fundamental questions: how to deal with the violent legacies of the Holocaust, changes in the modes of memorialisation over time, and the reverberations of the Nazi past in European politics and culture in general.


Tessa Rickards
+44 (0)20 7679 1346 | t.rickards@ucl.ac.uk


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