In 2017, we held six public seminars/discussions led by recognised academics, subject specialists and historians:
An Introduction to the Holocaust- Associate Professor, Giacomo Lichtner, VUW This session looked at how the Holocaust has been analysed, understood and recollected. It addressed: historical antisemitism and the 'roots' of the Holocaust in Europe; historical debates on the nature of Nazi Germany's genocide of the Jews; the liberation of the camps; and the 'meaning' and representability of the Holocaust.
The invasion of Poland and the mass murder of Jews - Steven Sedley and Dr. Barbara Wood. With the occupation of Poland and the invasion of the Soviet Union the number of Jews under German rule increased from about half a million to nearly six million. The policy of expelling or deporting them was no longer viable. A secret programme was implemented to murder all Jews by shooting or gassing in camps established for this purpose
The Holocaust between East and West: Hungary, Romania, France and Italy - Associate Professor Giacomo Lichtner, VUW, and Steven Sedley.
This session addressed the experiences of the Holocaust in two Eastern and two Western European countries. How and why did each country react to the 'war against the Jews'? And how did the Jewish population respond?
New Zealand and the Holocaust- Ann Beaglehole – Historian, Academic and Writer. This session considered New Zealand’s response to victims of Nazi persecution during 1936-1949. It covered immigration policy, awareness of the concentration camps and the treatment of Jewish refugees during the war.
Literature and the Holocaust- Dr. Monica Tempian, VUW.
The Power of Music- Inbal Megiddo, NZ School of Music, VUW. The Holocaust affected every aspect of art and music at the time. It was a means of propaganda, resistance and survival. This session examined the role of music in the Holocaust, and how the war continued to influence music in the 20th and 21st centuries.
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