(The conference will be held in English)
Scholarship on the Shoah and its representations has benefitted beyond measure from the end of the Cold War thirty years ago. The manifold opportunities of improved access to archives in Central and Eastern Europe and increased exchange with scholars in the region have revitalized the field. Today, there is consensus on the Shoah having been a transnational historical process, yet there is no understanding of the extent to which the Cold War conditioned, framed and formed the histories of the Shoah constructed between 1945 and 1990.
The conference aims to focus on this interplay between the Holocaust and the Cold War and to look at the ways in which both influenced narratives about the other. On the one hand, therefore, the conference will take stock of the confrontational nature of the Cold War and discuss how the Holocaust became a discursive and ideological weapon in the arsenals of both blocks. On the other hand, however, a special focus will be on areas of cooperation and exchange across the East-West divide. Exploring artistic visions, legal norms and moral values shared on both sides of the Iron Curtain promises new insights both into the culture of the Cold War and its effect on addressing the Holocaust after World War II.
The program can be found on the website:
The Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena and the Fritz Bauer Institute are cooperating on both their 2020 annual conferences which will be devoted to this theme.
(See July 2 to 4: The Eastern Bloc and the Holocaust)
Dr. Raphael Utz
Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena
Leutragraben 1, 07743 Jena
Phone: +49 3641 9 44073