The Camden Conference and Rockland Public Library will host Page Herrlinger on Thursday, January 6 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. His speech will be “Russia, Europe and the Holocaust – History, Human Rights and National Identity”.
In a statement on the subject of the presentation, organizers of the Camden conference said: “About a million Holocaust victims were murdered on Nazi-occupied Soviet soil, but Soviet and Russian accounts of the Great Patriotic War have traditionally focused on the collective experience of the Soviet people as “victims of fascism”, in effect covering the unique suffering of the Jewish people. As a result, many Russians today know very little about the Holocaust. Putin’s participation in recent Holocaust commemoration events, however, indicates a shift in official policy. What is the meaning of this change? What do contemporary historical practices and memory policies related to the Russian experience during World War II reveal about the construction of national identity in Russia today? What do they tell us about Russia’s approach to human rights and other democratic practices, including freedom of expression, information and research? And what does Russia’s evolutionary approach to the Holocaust suggest about its current relationship with Europe? In an effort to shed light on these issues, this conference will explore Russia’s record on the Holocaust in the context of Holocaust narratives and commemorations in Western and Eastern Europe.
Herrlinger is Associate Professor of History at Bowdoin College, where she has taught since 1998; its courses include modern Russia and the Soviet Union, Germany, 1918-1945, and the Holocaust. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Yale and her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. The National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Philosophical Society supported his research. She is currently the co-director of a NEH summer seminar for middle and high school teachers, “Teaching the Holocaust through visual culture”.
For a link to the Zoom event to watch from home, email [email protected] by 4 p.m. on January 6 and tag the event in the subject line. This program will be recorded and archived on the library’s YouTube channel and on the Camden Conference website.
For more information on the 35th Camden Conference, visit camdenconference.org.
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