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Leading historians to shed new light on the Holocaust and its meaning today

Posted on 22/01/2010

Understanding the Holocaust Today will take place on 27 January

Our understanding of the Holocaust - its origins, its aftermath and relation to the history of the twentieth century - is still developing, 65 years after Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated by soldiers of the Red Army. To mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2010, the Holocaust Research Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London and the Imperial War Museum (IWM) have organised an evening of debate and discussion on 27 January, bringing together leading Holocaust historians from Royal Holloway.

Also marking the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Holocaust Research Centre, the evening will see internationally renowned Royal Holloway Professors David Cesarani OBE, Peter Longerich, Dan Stone and Zoe Waxman explore the state of current research. The event, ‘Understanding the Holocaust Today’, is chaired by the Deputy Director of the Holocaust Research Centre, Professor Robert Eaglestone.

Introduced by Suzanne Bardgett OBE (IWM), the topics covered will include the changes in Russia and Eastern Europe; the question of survivors and memory after the last eye witness dies; and war crimes.

Professor Robert Eaglestone comments, “The process of remembering is never stationary. Recent research by historians has added a great deal to what we know of the Holocaust, and much of this material is not yet widely known”.

Professor David Cesarani adds, "Sadly, regimes around the world continue to commit atrocities. Studying the perpetrators and the mechanics of Nazi genocide offers some hope of understanding why mass atrocity occurs - if not stopping it. And we have a duty to remember the victims as well as listening to the survivors as long as they are with us. The Centre does all this.”

For more information about the Holocaust Research Centre, please visit: http://www.rhul.ac.uk/Research/Holocaust/

To book tickets please visit www.iwm.org.uk or call 020 7416 5439
Tickets £7.50; Concessions £5.00


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