Posted on 14/01/2018
The sixth 'Beyond Camps and Forced Labour' conference took place at the Wiener Library and Birbeck, University of London, from 10 - 12 January 2018. This event followed previous successful conferences which took place at the Imperial War Museum London in 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2015.
The Holocaust Research Institute had a strong presence at the conference. The event was dedicated to the memory of the late Professor David Cesarani
, who held a position on the 'Beyond Camps' organising committee. Opening the first day of the conference, Professor Dieter Steinert (University of Wolverhampton) and Suzanne Bardgett (Imperial War Museums) both paid tribute to Professor Cesarani's role within the committee and reflected on commemorative events held in the UK since his death.
Professor Dan Stone, Director of the HRI, is now part of the organising group, and was able to chair several panels over the course of the conference. Research Fellow Dr. Helena Duffy presented a paper entitled 'Motherhood after the Holocaust. A comparative study of Soazig Aaron's Le Non de Klara
and Cynthia Ozick's short stories The Shawl and Rosa
', and we were particularly delighted to have two HRI graduates and three current PhD students presenting their work at the conference. Dr. Rachel Pistol discussed her work on the internment of 'enemy aliens' in the Isle of Man, Canada and Australia, whilst Dr. Katarzyna Person spoke on gender and post-war censorship of documents from the Warsaw Ghetto's underground archive. Meanwhile, doctoral candidates Imogen Dalziel, Robert Sherwood and Stephanie Hesz-Wood spoke about representations of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum on social media, British war crimes investigation units and the architecture of Drancy respectively.
The HRI would like to thank the rest of the organising committee for their tireless efforts to ensure the conference was a success: Suzanne Bardgett (Imperial War Museums); Ben Barkow (The Wiener Library); David Feldman (Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London); Jessica Reinisch (Birkbeck, University of London); Christine Schmidt (The Wiener Library) and Dieter Steinert (University of Wolverhampton). We are also grateful to The Wiener Library and Birkbeck for hosting and the Foundation 'Remembrance, Responsibility and Future' and The Toni Schiff Memorial Fund for their support.