Contemporary Attitudes to the Holocaust

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Event Date:  Friday 23rd October 2009

Time: 7.30pm Venue: Somerset House WC2

speaker_OrlandoFigesProfessor Orlando Figes of Birkbeck, University of London will conduct a debate on contemporary attitudes to the Holocaust .

In the West, by comparison with our attitudes towards the Holocaust, we are really quite insensitive to the repressions of the Stalinist regime. We are ignorant as well – we know about Auschwitz but who knows about Magadan or Kolyma? Perhaps it is a problem of who speaks for the victims? There is no Spielberg for the Soviet Holocaust. Who cares about the millions of peasants murdered by Stalin when there are Jews (like us) to care about instead? Or perhaps it is because we still harbour left-wing sympathies for the Marxist tradition….

Renowned Historian of Russia Professor Orlando Figes will debate with Dr Daniel Beer, European historian, of Royal Holloway, University of London; Professor Robert Eaglestone, Deputy Director of the Research Centre for the Holocaust and Twentieth Century History at Royal Holloway, Dr Stephen Lovell, Reader in Modern European History, King’s College London and Geraldine van Beuren, Professor Of International Human Rights Law, Queen Mary, UoL.

Professor Figes most recent book is entitled The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia.

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