Panel: 'Holocaust Memory in Contemporary Poland and Israel'

Event Details

April 27, 2018
4:30 pm

Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies

Room: event hall

758 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA

Handicap access available
Dina Noto

The recent rise of right-wing populist movements and regimes in Europe, Israel and the United States has changed the memory of the Holocaust in ways we could not have imagined only 10 years ago. This event sets out to map how Holocaust memory has been recently reframed in Poland and Israel, and how it has been used politically and to what ends.

Moderated by Alon Confino, director of IHGMS, professor of history and Jewish studies and Pen Tishkach Chair of Holocaust Studies .

Reception to follow.

The panel will include:

Jan Grabowski, "The Origins and the Meaning of the Polish 'Holocaust Law.'" Grabowski is professor of history of the Holocaust at the University of Ottawa, and founding member of the Polish Center for Holocaust Research in the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Elżbieta Janicka, "Identity Panic: Counter-narratives of the Holocaust and their Institutionalization Beyond Political Cleavages (the Case of Poland)." Janicka is historian of literature at the Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences.

Raz Segal, "Self-Devouring Memory: The Holocaust in Israeli Society and Politics." Segal is assistant professor of Holocaust and genocide studies and Sara and Sam Schoffer Professor of Holocaust Studies at Stockton University, where he also serves as director of the master of arts in Holocaust and genocide studies.


From the main UMass Amherst campus, head north on North Pleasant Street. The Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies is on the left, just past the traffic circle.