Event Date: 7th November 2011
Birkbeck College, University of London,
London WC1E 7HX.
After the Holocaust: Challenging the Myth of Silence
A Round-table discussion with
- Professor David Cesarani, Royal Holloway, University of London;
- Professor Mary Fulbrook, University College London;
- Dr Eva Hoffman, Kingston University
Over the last decade scholars have begun to question the commonplace idea that the Holocaust was not talked about extensively or represented in mainstream culture until well into the 1970s. David Cesarani’s bold new book, co-edited with Eric Sundquist, After the Holocaust: Challenging the Myth of Silence mounts a full scale assault on this reading of the past and, controversially, the claims for a post-war ‘silence’ on which the idea of a ‘Holocaust industry’ rests.
The first published collection of original research into this period, international in scope and varied in terms of approach, the book opens the way for a sweeping reassessment of Jewish life in the post-war era. The authors reveal that far from lapsing into silence, individual survivors, survivor-scholars, researchers, historical commissions, theatre directors and film makers did respond to the destruction of the European Jews. Other Jews, however, did flee from Jewish identity and some, especially in the USA, simply failed to comprehend the scale of the catastrophe.
Taking David Cesarani’s book as the starting point, Mary Fulbrook, one of Britain’s foremost historians of Germany and the Nazi era, and internationally renowned writer and academic Eva Hoffman, whose writings have explored memory, history and the legacy of the Holocaust, will discuss the evidence for ‘silence’ and probe the counter-evidence.
Chaired by Professor David Feldman, Director of the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism.
David Cesarani and Eric J Sundquist (ed) , After the Holocaust: Challenging the Myth of Silence, Routledge, September 2011
The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism
“The relationship between antisemitism and other forms of racism and exclusion is not only a historical question. It is an urgent issue for today.” Professor David Feldman, Director.
The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism is funded by the Pears Foundation and based at Birkbeck, University of London. It is a centre of innovative research and teaching, contributing to discussion and policy formation on antisemitism as well as other forms of racial prejudice and intolerance. It is both independent and inclusive.
Introduction by Professor David Feldman (Director, Pears Institute) .
Professor David Cesarani (Royal Holloway)
Professor Mary Fulbrook (UCL)
Dr Eva Hoffman (Kingston)