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Holocaust Memory in Contemporary Poland and Israel: The Challenge From Right–Wing Regimes

Candles burn in front of tablets with names inscribed

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 ten 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 and Professor of History and Jewish Studies and Pen Tishkach Chair of Holocaust Studies at UMass Amherst.

Reception to follow.

Grabowski, Segal, and JanickaThe panel will include:

Jan Grabowski
The Origins and the Meaning of the Polish “Holocaust Law”
Jan 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)
Elżbieta 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
Raz 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.