Event Date: 23 January 2013
Senate House, University of London
London WC1E 7HU
Rescue: Memory, Myth and Morality
Holocaust Memorial Day event – Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism in partnership with the Institute of Historical Research
A round-table discussion with John Dobai (Holocaust survivor), Professor Tony Kushner (University of Southampton) and Professor Bob Moore (University of Sheffield)
2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Schindler’s List which did much to awaken public consciousness of the role of the rescuer in the Holocaust. Recent exhibitions on the theme of ‘rescue’ at the Imperial War Museum and Wiener Library have highlighted the continuing interest in the subject.
But what did ‘rescue’ consist of? What forms did it take? Is it necessarily an indicator of the perseverance of morality and humanity over evil? To what extent was the rescue of Jews discussed or ignored in Allied nations and in their Jewish communities?
These questions will be addressed by John Dobai, rescued as a child in Budapest, and by scholars Bob Moore and Tony Kushner who, respectively, will explore ‘Jewish Self-help and Gentile rescuers in Western Europe’ and ‘The role of Anglo-Jewry in the rescue (or non-rescue) of European Jews’.
Welcome by Professor Miles Taylor (Director, IHR)
Introduction by Ludivine Broch (Research Fellow, Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism)
John Dobai (Holocaust Survivor)
Professor Bob Moore (University of Sheffield)
Professor Tony Kushner (University of Southampton)