Holocaust Memory and Memorials


The Centre for Jewish Studies

and the Department of History, University of Manchester

 and IWM North (part of Imperial War Museums)

One-day conference

Holocaust Memory and Memorials

Monday 26 October 2015, 9.30am-4.00pm

Libeskind Rooms, IWM North

This conference will explore the varied and diverging memories of the Holocaust since 1945. Four speakers – three academics and a museum practitioner – will address the ways in which mass murder, resistance and dislocation have been memorialised at different places and in different ways.  The day starts with a new film about Haviva Reick, the British-trained resister parachuted into Slovakia and murdered by the Nazis in 1944, and goes onto examine how the destruction of the Jews has been memorialised at different sites in Europe.  There is also consideration of the UK-based story of the Kindertransport and who ‘owns’ that story.


Teas and coffees available from 9.30am

10.00               Welcome and introduction to IWM North and the Conference

10.10               Documentary movie: ‘Haviva Reick: Return to A Burning House’, Museum of the national Slovak uprising in Banska Bystrica

11.00               Tea and coffee


11.15               Tim Cole (Bristol), ‘Holocaust memorials – remembering (and forgetting) the Holocaust in Holocaust landscapes’

12.00               Adriana Bencic (Jasenovac Memorial), ‘Jasenovac 1941-1945: A Contested Past.        The Collective Trauma, Historical Interpretations and the Politics of Memory’

12.45               Lunch

1.45                 Rose Holmes, (Sussex), ‘Appropriating Group Memory: The British Voluntary Sector and the organisation of the Kindertransports, 1938-1939.’

2.30                 Anna Hajkova (Warwick), ‘Terezín: Everyone’s Ghetto’

3.15                 Tea and coffee

3.30                 General Discussion

4.00                End    

Academic programme organised by Dr Jean-Marc Dreyfus, Reader in Holocaust Studies, History Division, the University of Manchester

This conference is free, however you will be charged £10 for non-attendance to cover refreshments.

To book: tickets can be booked via quaystickets. For further information please email

conference@iwm.org.uk or check out the website here

A buffet lunch is provided (Kosher and other dietary needs can be met if requested upon booking or by contacting conference@iwm.org.uk  no later than Monday 12 October 2015).

Please note this programme may be subject to change.

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