08.06. until 09.06.2017 in Jena, Germany

Conference: Eastern Europe Facing the Shoah – A History of Engagement, 1941–2016

  • 08.06. until 09.06.2017
  • Event language: English
  • Deadline for submissions: 30.05.2017
  • Imre Kertész Kolleg
  • Event location: Rosensäle, Fürstengraben 27, 07743 Jena

Link to this post: https://www.pol-int.org/en/node/5934

Conceived and implemented by Germans, the Shoah took place in occupied Central and Eastern Europe. During and after the war, the daunting task for all German occupied countries was to engage with what the Germans had set in motion and were implementing. In recent years, public debate on these complex issues has been increasingly polarized: histories of participation have been juxtaposed with histories of saving Jews and both have been regarded as statements on national character. Engagement with German occupation and policy, however, was considerably more nuanced and complicated.

Any history of Eastern Europe engaging with the Shoah, therefore, must begin by exploring the different German occupation regimes in different countries. These different realities of war and occupation, together with greatly differing cultural, economic and social circumstances and traditions account for a wide variety of reactions to the anti-Jewish German policy of genocide. Ranging from indifference to resistance, from witnessing to collaboration, these reactions as part of Shoah history had considerable influence on framing the research into the Shoah after the Second World War.
With Eastern Europa largely under Soviet control after the war, state socialism was a formative influence on research and memory of the Shoah, just as the collapse of the Soviet Union and the reemergence of sovereign nation states had a major impact on the relationship between Eastern European societies and the history of the Shoah.
The conference aims to explore this history of engagement: The events during the war are analyzed not only in their importance at the time but in the impact they had and have until today. Four panels and one concluding discussion will bring together international experts for an important attempt to map Eastern Europe's relationship with the Shoah in historical perspective.


Thursday, 08 June 2017

10:30// Welcome & Introduction

11:00 // Key Note
Sybille Steinbacher (Frankfurt/Main) - The Shoah, Eastern Europe and the West: History and Impact

(Comment & Chair: Włodzimierz Borodziej, Warsaw)
German Occupation Regimes and the Shoah (Tatjana Tönsmeyer, Wuppertal)
Ghettos, Work, and the Shoah (Joachim Tauber, Lüneburg)
Six Modes of Violence: Romanian Mass Killings of Jews (Diana Dumitru, Chișinău)

(Comment & Chair: Tatjana Tönsmeyer, Wuppertal)
Jewish – non-Jewish Relations and the Shoah (Christoph Dieckmann, Frankfurt)
Grasping the Scope of the Shoah (Andrea Löw, Munich)
Limited Agency: Surviving the Shoah in Eastern Europe (Natalia Aleksiun, New York)


Friday, 09 June 2017

(Comment & Chair: Paul Hanebrink, New Brunswick)
Historical Commissions and the Origins of Shoah Historiography (Laura Jockusch, Waltham)
The Jasenovac Trials and the Shoah (Sabina Ferhadbegović, Jena)
Socialist and Post-Socialist Debates on the Shoah (Tarik Cyril Amar, New York)

(Comment & Chair: Kamil Kijek, Wrocław)
"The Survey of Jewish Imagery." Rachel Auerbach, Survivor Testimonies and the Problem of Representation (Karolina Szymaniak, Warsaw)
Between Liability and Opportunity: Sobibór 1950-1980 (Raphael Utz, Jena)
Fictionalising the Shoah in Poland and Czechoslovakia, 1945-1968 (Iwona Guść, Jena)

(Chair: Michal Kopeček, Jena/ Prague)
Laura Jokusch (Waltham), Norbert Frei (Jena), Dariusz Stola (Warsaw), Paul Hanebrink (New Brunswick)

17:30 // End of Conference


Daniela Gruber
Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena, Leutragraben 1 07743 Jena