Event Date: 24 October 2012
Unniversity of London
London WC1E 7HU.
The Witness and the Holocaust – Oral Testimonies and Historical Knowledge
Making History: Archives, Artefacts and Interpreting the Past – lecture series in partnership with the Wiener Library
Professor Stefanie Schüler-Springorum (Center for Research on Antisemitism, Technical University, Berlin) – The Witness and the Holocaust – Oral Testimonies and Historical Knowledge
In this lecture, Professor Schüler-Springorum explores the role of survivor testimonies in the narrative of the Holocaust. She traces the figure of the survivor “Witness” through almost 70 years, starting with the burning urge to “bear witness” while mass-murder was taking place, to the present day, and the ubiquitous presence of the “Witness” in museums, memorial sites and on our television screens. Schüler-Springorum will also discuss the potential of witness testimonies as well as their shortcomings in the making of historical knowledge and understanding.
Professor Schüler-Springorum is the Director of the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University of Berlin. Her specialist areas include German and German-Jewish history of the 19th and 20th century and gender history and the history of Spain in the 20th century.
Introduction by Professor David Feldman (Director, Pears Institute).
“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 was established by the Pears Foundation and is 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.