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The Future of Holocaust Memory

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The Future of Holocaust Memory

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A year ago, we were commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz at in-person events across the globe. A few months later, just as many museums and memorial sites were preparing for physical gatherings designed to mark further special anniversaries of the end of World War II and the liberation of the last Nazi concentration camps, the Covid-19 pandemic forced them to close their doors to the public. Whilst many of us hoped we would only face restrictions for a few months, we find ourselves in 2021 planning to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day online-only.

Holocaust museums and memorial sites have had to rethink what they do and how they communicate to their visitors overnight. In this panel discussion chaired by Dr Victoria Walden (University of Sussex), we will welcome guests from Holocaust museums, a concentration camp memorial, and an academic specialising in digital Holocaust memory to discuss how Holocaust organisations have managed the shift to online-only provision; what they have learnt from this transition and what they think lies ahead for Holocaust memory in the digital age.

Our speakers are:

John Glancy (Executive Producer for Schools and Families at Imperial War Museums)

Dr Iris Groschek (Head of Education, Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial)

Michael Haley Goldman (Director of Futures Project, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC)

Dr Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann (Lecturer in Visual Culture, Film and German Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem and Consortium Partner on the Horizon 2020 action: ‘Visual History of the Holocaust: Rethinking Curation in the Digital Age')

Please see our website: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/cgjs/

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