University of London
David Cesarani Holocaust Memorial Lecture 2018
Co-Presents to the Holocaust: The British in Auschwitz and Belsen
with Professor Tony Kushner (Southampton) and Dr Aimee Bunting (Godolphin and Latymer School)
Long after 1945, memory of World War II in Britain was not linked to the Holocaust despite an intimate connection. Best known is the liberation of Belsen. More marginalised were the 1400 British prisoners of war in Auschwitz. Our lecture explores how these British liberators and POWS wrote and re-wrote their experiences from 1945 through to the twenty first century, juxtaposing Britishness, Jewishness, universality and particularism through the autobiographical process.
Introduction by Professor Dan Stone (RHUL):