Holocaust Memorial

Holocaust Memorial, Berlin via widipedia.The 2008 Holocaust Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Professor Christopher Browning, tonight (Monday, 21 January 2008) at 7:30pm, in the Edmund Burke Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin (map).

The subject will be the memory of Holocaust survivors:

Remembering Survival: Postwar Testimonies from the Starachowice Slave Labour Camps

Christopher R. Browning is Frank Porter Graham Professor of History at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and internationally recognized as one of the top historians of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. His book on how ordinary men took part in mass killing in Nazi-occupied Poland is widely recognized as one of the most insightful studies of the perpetrators of genocide (Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland, Harper Collins, 1992 (Amazon)). More recently he has turned from the politics of the genocide to the perspective of survivor victims and the issue of memory. It is this that he will address in the Holocaust Memorial Lecture, which is an annual public event sponsored by the Department of History and the Herzog Centre for Jewish and Near Eastern Religion in Trinity College Dublin, and by the Holocaust Educational Trust of Ireland.

Some additional comments:

  • The 2007 event is blogged here.
  • Holocaust Memorial Day will be commemorated next Sunday, 27 January 2008 (in 2006, the United Nations General Assembly designated January 27 as an annual international day of commemoration to honor the victims of the Nazi era).
  • Spanish Holocaust Denial legislation was struck down on free speech grounds before Christmas (bitacoras juridicas (in Spanish)).
  • Ernest Zundel‘s lawyer has been sentenced to prison in Germany for Holocaust Denial last week (FindLaw via Media Law Prof).