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Witnessing the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust had a profound effect on the military forces that liberated Nazi concentration camps. Dr. Mark Celinscak will discuss his recent book, which re-examines the surrender and relief of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in northwest Germany at the end of the Second World War. His talk will survey the personal narratives of both British and Canadian military personnel as they responded to the situation at the camp, drawing on diaries, letters, and personal interviews.

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Dr. Celinscak is a historian of twentieth-century Britain and Europe, specializing in war, Holocaust and genocide studies. He is the author of Distance from the Belsen Heap: Allied Forces and the Liberation of a Nazi Concentration Camp, a work which re-examines the surrender and relief of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in northwest Germany at the end of the Second World War. His award-winning book explores how military personnel struggled with the intense experience of liberation, how they attempted to describe what they had seen, heard, and felt to those back home, and how their lives were ultimately transformed by the encounter. His primary area of research is the Second World War and its impact on the twentieth century. He is particularly interested in the relationship between war and culture. He is currently working on a book that explores the process of denazification in postwar Germany. This project is being supported by a European Holocaust Research Infrastructure fellowship at the Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide in London, England.


In partnership with the Holocaust Research Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London.

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