Remembering Across the Iron Curtain
The Cold War influenced how people, societies and states dealt with and understood the Holocaust and its aftereffects. Challenging previous perceptions of the West as the democratic "Free World" that embraced commemoration and the East as totalitarian and repressive, the papers in this conference will examine how political interests influenced commemoration in both East and West.
At the same time speakers will show how individual actors carved out space to remember the Holocaust in ways that stood at odds with the dominant narratives. Examining communal, individuals and state efforts, from the Soviet Union to the US, from Hungary to France, this conference will provide opportunities to re-evaluate the commonalities, differences and entanglements between Eastern and Western memory of the Holocaust.
Joint conference of the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past, University of York and the Institute of Contemporary History (ÚSD), Czech Academy of Sciences in co-operation with the Aleksander Brückner Center for Polish Studies, Halle/Germany
Anna Koch, Department of History, University of York, Fellow of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah
Stephan Stach, Institute of Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Science, Prague
The conference is made possible thanks to funding from the European Association for Jewish Studies, the Strategy AV21 programme of the Czech Academy of Sciences, the Czech Science Foundation and the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah.