Holocaust Research: Memory and Politics

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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.

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