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Ephemeral Ruins: the Fragility of Holocaust Memory

Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture and Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism - Arts Week 2016

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19th May, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Birkbeck University of London, Bloomsbury, London, Room G03, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD
Dr Diana Popescu, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism; Dr Jessica Rapson, King's College London

Since the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps the question of preservation of these sites of mass destruction has been intensely debated by national representatives of victim groups, survivors and their families as well as a diverse group of museum practitioners and educators. Key questions for debate include: Should nature overtake and completely efface the concentration camps? Will this dissolution lead to oblivion? Can preservation ensure remembrance?

This talk by Dr. Diana Popescu, Research Fellow at the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, will look at these questions from the multiple perspectives offered by memorial museums, contemporary artists and visitors from Poland and Germany.

Dr. Jessica Rapson, King’s College London, will offer a response, followed by discussion.

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