'Death Marches: Evidence and Memory' exhibition launch
The Holocaust and Genocide Research Partnership, of which the Holocaust Research Institute at Royal Holloway is a founding partner, is pleased to launch its inaugural exhibition, Death Marches: Evidence and Memory.
Towards the end of the Second World War, hundreds of thousands of prisoners still held within the Nazi camp system were forcibly evacuated in terrible conditions under heavy guard. Prisoners were sent out on foot, by rail, in horse-drawn wagons, in lorries and by ship. Thousands of people were murdered en route in the last days before the war’s end. Many of these chaotic and brutal evacuations became known as ‘death marches’ by those who endured them. They form the last chapter of Nazi genocide.
The exhibition uncovers how forensic and other evidence about the death marches has been gathered since the end of the Holocaust. It chronicles how researchers and others attempted to recover the death march routes – and those who did not survive them. Efforts to analyse and commemorate the death marches continue to this day.
Death Marches: Evidence and Memory is co-curated by Professor Dan Stone (Royal Holloway) and Dr Christine Schmidt (Wiener Holocaust Library). It will be open from March until June at the Wiener Holocaust Library in London and the Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre in Huddersfield. Please see their websites for opening times and information on visiting in line with current legislation.