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'The Holocaust and History: The Work and Legacy of David Cesarani'

Posted on 19/04/2017

On Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th April 2017, the Holocaust Research Institute hosted 'The Holocaust and History: The Work and Legacy of David Cesarani', a conference dedicated to the memory of our late colleague.

The first day and a half took the form of an academic conference, held at Senate House, University of London. We were delighted to have three keynote speakers, who spoke on the following topics:

- Todd Endelman (University of Michigan): 'Fighting Antisemitism with Numbers in Early-Twentieth-Century Britain'

- Robert Rozett (Yad Vashem): 'Synthesis as Catalyst: Some Comments on David Cesarani and His Writings'

- David Feldman (Birkbeck, University of London): 'Zionism and the Labour Party – The Last 100 Years'

You can listen to all the keynote presentations here

There were a total of nine different panels, with scholars presenting topics on research that reflected Professor Cesarani's interests. These included papers on Adolf Eichmann, the Holocaust in contemporary culture, Anglo-Jewry, humanitarianism during and after the Holocaust and historiographies of the Holocaust. We were delighted that so many of David's former postgraduate students and colleagues could participate in sharing their research. 

Furthermore, the evening of Monday 3rd saw a roundtable discussing 'Genres of Holocaust Representation' involving experts in the fields of Holocaust literature and education.

The conference was closed by an event at the Imperial War Museum. Suzanne Bardgett, Head of Research at the Museum, opened the event with a personal tribute to Professor Cesarani, who was on the advisory board for the Museum's current Holocaust Exhibition. Two roundtables discussing 'The Future of Holocaust Historiography' and 'David Cesarani and Holocaust Consciousness in Britain' followed. Proceedings were closed by Sir Mick Davis, a friend of Professor Cesarani's and a supporter of the Holocaust Research Institute. For this event, we were honoured to be joined by Professor Cesarani's wife, Dawn, and their son Daniel.

First and foremost, we would like to thank Pears Foundation for their sponsorship of this conference, which proved a very fitting tribute to Professor Cesarani's life and work. Our thanks also go to Suzanne Bardgett and Hannah Atkinson at the Imperial War Museum for organising the roundtable event; the staff at Senate House; Peyton and Byrne catering; Stephanie Surrey and Neil Perrott at Royal Holloway; and, last but certainly not least, our keynote speakers, roundtable participants, panellists and attendees.

Photographs from the event are available to view on our Facebook page and we hope to upload these to this website shortly.


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