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Cultural Histories of the Holocaust

  • Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University Smetanovo nabrezi 6 Prague Czech Republic (map)


 MONDAY 23 September 2019 

Opening panel, 17:00-19:00

Chairs Hana Kubatova and Natalia Aleksiun

Do We Need a Cultural History of the Holocaust?

Jan T. Gross and Amos Goldberg 


Dinner for workshop participants at Restaurace Tiskárna.

TUESDAY 24 September 2019

Methodology: Early and Late Testimonies

Chair Katerina Kralova, 09:00-13:00


Aurelia Kalisky, The Theoretical Potential of Early Holocaust Testimonies and Historiography

Natalia Aleksiun, The Taken for Granted in the Early Testimonies

Rita Horvath, Reading Testimonies of Religious Jewish Survivors


Lunch 13:00-14:30

Smetana Q

Methodology: Early and Late Testimonies

Chair Amos Goldberg, 14:30-17:00


Anna Wylegala, Late Witness Testimonies in East Galicia: between Memory, Identity and Loyalties

Agnieszka Wierzcholska, Surviving in Tarnów - a Microhistory of Life in a Ghetto in the Periphery


WEDNESDAY 25 September 2019 

Praxis: Communities, Bodies and Objects during the Holocaust

Chair Jan T. Gross, 09:00-13:00

Katrin Stoll, New Approaches to Anti-Semitism. An Analysis of the Cultural Practice of Reading Jewish Bodies During the German Occupation of Poland

Noah Benninga, Zalman Gradowski's Dark Matters: The Materiality of a Life between Two Deaths

Raphael Utz, The Reality of Graves vs. Aftermath-Studies: Approaches to Sobibór after the Germans


Lunch 13:00-14:30

Smetana Q


Representation: Memory Politics and Politics of History 

Chair Noah Beninga, 14:30-17:00

Elzbieta Janicka, Disintegrated History? On the Double Impermeability of Holocaust Studies in Poland

Piotr Forecki, Myths for Solace: Revisionism and Neutralizing Interpretations of the Complicity of Poles in the Holocaust


The workshop is organized and financially supported by VITRI (UNCE/HUM/009) and PRIMUS (PRIMUS/HUM/12), research projects of the Charles University, the Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University and Touro College, New York.

Earlier Event: May 23
VITRI 2019 Spring Workshop
Later Event: November 21
VITRI 2019 Fall Workshop