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Children under Hitler (exhibition)

A poster exhibition on the fate and experiences of children under Hitler, ranging from child Holocaust testimonies to school essays written about the war by children from Nuremberg in 1946. The exhibition was curated by Dr Beate Müller, Newcastle University. It is on show on level 3 of the City Library.

Venue of event: Newcastle City Library, Charles Avison Building, 33 New Bridge St W, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AX
Website Address: http://library.newcastle.gov.uk/web/arena/welcome
Contact email: beate.muller@ncl.ac.uk

 

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CFP: The Nazi Games: The Berlin Olympics After 80 Years

In August 1936, Adolf Hitler’s Nazi dictatorship hosted the Summer Olympics, using this global event to showcase the new Third Reich and conceal its antisemitic and militaristic intentions. The regime attempted to portray a peaceful, tolerant Germany to the international community. With the rejection of a boycott for the Summer Games, Western democracies lost an early chance to oppose the tyranny of Hitler’s regime. This conference, taking place to mark 80 years since the 1936 Berlin Olympics, seeks to bring together individuals from a wide variety of disciplines to explore key issues and present recent research relating to this event, as well as contribute to ongoing discussion. The conference welcomes proposals from established scholars and graduate students, and, in exceptional cases, senior undergraduates. Please note: The conference cannot offer travel or accommodation assistance, though a list of nearby hotels will be provided for those attending. There is no registration fee for this conference, which will be free and open to the public.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 150 words, and a short biographical statement, to: Courtney Sidbury at cesidbury2338@eagle.fgcu.edu or Dr. Paul Bartrop at pbartrop@fgcu.edu

Submission deadline: January 11, 2016; Notification of decisions: January 15, 2016

Venue of event: Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida, USA

Website Address: http://www.fgcu.edu/HC/currentconference.asp

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Workshop Programme: Shared Spaces, Shared Memories, Shared Visions: Contemporary Visual Representations of the Second World War in German Cities

Venue: Newcastle University, School of Modern Languages, Research Beehive Room 2.20, 5th November 2015

PROGRAMME

(registration details below)

10:00 – 10:30am:  Registration, Coffee, and Welcome

10:30 – 11:00am:  The Artwork as Countermonument: Nazi Period Commemoration and Memory in Contemporary Art Domingo Martinez Rosario, Independent Scholar

11:00 – 11:30am:  The German Jewish Victim Elise Bath, Newcastle University

11:30 – 12:00noon:  Remembering German victims in the ‘Memorial and Information Centre for the Victims of the Nazi Euthanasia Programme’ in Berlin and the ‘Virtual Memorial gedenkort-T4.eu’. Teresa Ludden, Newcastle University

12:00 -12:30pm:  Troubled Sites: Shifting Architectural Approaches and Narratives of Perpetration and Victimhood in Berlin’s Topographie des TerrorsGruia Bădescu, University of Cambridge

12:30 – 2:00pm:  Lunch and visit to the ‘Germany’s Confrontation with the Holocaust in a Global Context’ Exhibition, Newcastle City Library

2:00 – 2:30pm:  Imagining Place as a Metonym for Values in Cultural Representations of the Rosenstaße Protest Hilary Potter, Cardiff University

2:30 – 3:00pm:  Rats and Hawks, and Squirrels. The ‘Visual Inversion’ of Victims and Perpetrators in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds (2009). Alma Melchers, University of St Andrews

3:00 – 3:30pm:  Victims and Perpetrators: Shared Spaces and Public Memory in Michael Verhoeven’s The Unknown Soldier (2006).Gary Jenkins, Newcastle University

3:30 – 4:00pm:  Coffee

4:00 – 5:00:  The Possibilities and Pitfalls of ‘Impact’ Stuart Taberner, University of Leeds (also part of Newcastle University School of Modern Languages’ Research Seminar Series)

For registration form, click here.

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Research Seminar: The Possibilities and Pitfalls of ‘Impact’

Venue of event: Location: Research Beehive 2.20, Old Library Building

Time/Date: 5th November 2015, 16:00 – 17:00

In this talk, Professor Stuart Taberner (Leeds University) talks about his ongoing collaboration with the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation, the UK National Holocaust Centre, and schools, universities and museums in South Africa, the UK, and the United States to design and display an exhibition on Germany’s Confrontation with the Holocaust in a Global Context. His focus will be translating research into impact and public engagement, and on the opportunities and challenges that process presents.

contact email: beate.muller@ncl.ac.uk

Website Address: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sml/about/events/item/impact-talk-as-part-of-the-school-research-seminar-series

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Public Talk: ‘Between Adventures and Air Raids: How Nuremberg’s School Children Remembered the Hitler Years in 1946

Given by Dr Beate Müller (Newcastle University)

Venue of event: Newcastle City Library, 33 New Bridge Street West, Bewick Hall, Wednesday 28 October 2015, 18.15-20.00

In 1946, Nuremberg’s schools inspector Otto Barthel had local school children write essays on their wartime experiences. They were also asked to fill in questionnaires which specifically addressed political attitudes of the young. About 3,000 pupils submitted their work. These texts tell a complex story about the thoughts and feelings of German adolescents in the early postwar period, demonstrating the ideological influence of National Socialism, trauma suffered during the war, as well as the shock, frustration, and desorientation after the collapse of the Third Reich. This talk by Dr Beate Müller will focus on identifying the coping strategies of the young in their attempts to make sense of their extreme experiences and of the radical ideological reorientation necessitated in the occupational period.

Contact email: beate.muller@ncl.ac.uk

Website Address: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/between-adventures-and-air-raids-how-nurembergs-school-children-remembered-the-hitler-years-in-1946-tickets-18669337491

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Shared Spaces, Shared Memories, Shared Visions: Contemporary Visual Representations of the Second World War in German Cities

REMINDER: Call for Papers

Workshop at Newcastle University

5 November 2015

To mark the 25th anniversary of the reunification of Germany and the subsequent reassessment of commemoration and memorialisation processes connected with the Nazi period, this one-day workshop will bring together experienced and emerging researchers to discuss visual representations of the German wartime experience. The discourse surrounding the roles played by the wider German population has traditionally been informed by a series of binaries, with the opposing positions of ‘victim’ and ‘perpetrator’ constituting a central component of this engagement. With a focus on the ways in which visual media and physical sites within the German cityscape represent the events of World War Two, this workshop aims to move beyond the established victim/perpetrator binary, and explore the complexities that inform this wartime experience.

Possible topics for papers could include:

  • Competing narratives within the cityscape. How do public spaces in German cities explore and explode the victim/perpetrator division?
  • Online extremism: the impact of Neo-Nazi extremists on the victim/perpetrator discussion (such as websites misappropriating the Dresden bombings).
  • The difficulties of simultaneously presenting victim and perpetrator narratives within a shared space, and management strategies for any resulting conflicts
  • The shared onscreen presence of victim and perpetrator narratives in film and television, and how this impacts on our understanding of Germany as one nation.
  • Narratives of German resistance: comparative representations of the Rosenstraße protest in von Trotta’s 2004 film ‘Rosenstrasse’ and the onsite memorial to the event.
  • How narratives of victimhood and perpetration are explored in city architecture such as the Jewish Museum Berlin’s Libeskind building, or the post reunification design of the Reichstag.

Participants are invited to submit an abstract of 150-200 words for 20 minute papers in English, along with a brief bio and short list of relevant publications (where applicable) to g.jenkins@ncl.ac.uk by 2 September 2015.

Please note: Postgraduate students are actively encouraged to submit proposals.

For further information, contact g.jenkins@ncl.ac.uk or l.e.bath@ncl.ac.uk

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Displaced Children – Child Survivors: International Workshop: 30 May – 1 June 2016

International Tracing Service (ITS)                      Max Mannheimer Studienzentrum (MMSZ)
Bad Arolsen                                                                 Dachau
The Holocaust Studies Program of the Western Galilee College, Akko, Israel
Displaced Children – Child Survivors
International Workshop: 30 May – 1 June 2016
Max Mannheimer Studienzentrum (MMSZ), Dachau
Recently, the world is facing the largest number of people forced to leave their home countries. Children, naturally, are among the victims of this massive displacement.  70 years ago, after WWII, in Europe around 10 to 11 million people were on the move – as survivors of the Shoah, liberated forced laborers and others persecuted by Nazi-Germany, and many of these were children. We believe the lessons learnt then are very relevant today.
In order to explore the experience of children after WWII and the know-how from work of e.g. welfare and Jewish organizations with these children the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen is organizing a joint workshop with the Max Mannheimer Studien Zentrum, Dachau and with guidance of  the Holocaust Studies Program of the Western Galilee College, Akko, Israel on the topic of
Life in the aftermath – Displaced Persons, 
Displaced Children and Child Survivors on the move:
New approaches in education and research
we invite you to get back to us if you are interested in contributing to the Workshop.  We would also appreciate it if you could forward the CfP to your colleagues and other interested parties and would distribute it through your (digital) channels
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Book Launch: If This is a Woman (Wiener Library)

Sarah Helm will be coming to the Wiener Library to discuss her book If this is a Woman: Inside Ravensbruck: Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women.  For decades the story of Ravensbrück was hidden behind the Iron Curtain and today is still relatively little known. Using testimony unearthed since the end of the Cold War, and interviews with survivors who have never spoken before, Helm has ventured into the heart of the camp, demonstrating for the reader in riveting detail how easily and quickly the unthinkable horror evolved.  Admission to this event is free but booking is essential as space is limited.

  • Contact email: mnicholson@wienerlibrary.co.uk
  • Venue: Wiener Library
  • Wed 11 Feb 2015  Time: 6.30pm-8pm
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Film Screening: Bent (Weiner Library)

Sarah Helm will be coming to the Wiener Library to discuss her book If this is a Woman: Inside Ravensbruck: Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women.  For decades the story of Ravensbrück was hidden behind the Iron Curtain and today is still relatively little known. Using testimony unearthed since the end of the Cold War, and interviews with survivors who have never spoken before, Helm has ventured into the heart of the camp, demonstrating for the reader in riveting detail how easily and quickly the unthinkable horror evolved.  Admission to this event is free but booking is essential as space is limited.

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From Polish Resistance Herald to Humanity’s Hero: Jan Karski’s Reports on the Holocaust to the World

a lecture by Dr Beate Müller (Newcastle University)

Jan Karski (1914-2000) was a Polish Catholic diplomat who acted as courier for the wartime Polish Government-in-Exile. Karski was smuggled into the Warsaw ghetto and into a concentration camp, where he became an eye-witness of the Nazi genocide. He reported on the situation in Poland and on the fate of Polish Jews, both to Polish politicians in France (1940), as well as to government leaders in London and Washington (1942/43).

After publishing a book about his mission as early as 1944 (Story of a Secret State), Karski maintained a long silence. But since the 1980s, Karski repeatedly testified to his wartime activities and experiences; he received numerous awards and became a celebrity among the ‘righteous’. The Polish government even declared 2014 the Jan Karski Year.

This talk will introduce the audience to Karski’s reports and will show how Karski’s own representations of his wartime mission changed over time, and how other people’s engagements with Karski’s work and his legacy developed.

Date: Wednesday 21 January 2015 6.15pm

Venue: Bewick Hall, City Library, Newcastle upon Tyne

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