Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University

Winter Semester 2013

»Blendungen« – The Memory of the Holocaust and the European Workers' Movement


Instructors: Prof. Dr. Dan Diner/Dr. Jan Gerber/Dr. Philipp Graf

Time: Thursday, 5:15–6:45 p.m. (every other week)

Place: Simon Dubnow Institute, Goldschmidtstr. 28


It took substantial time before the Holocaust entered the memory of European societies. Across Europe, the Left was no exception in this regard. Its long-standing tradition within the workers’ movement, its core focus on the social question as well as its optimistic view of progress distorted the perception of the destruction of European Jewry. However, the place accorded to the Holocaust was often less defined by the self-perception as Marxists or the nominal bloc membership of the respective countries. Additionally, specific national constellations of memory came to the fore, such as the question whether a country ranked among the victorious powers or the losers of the war, if it had experienced situations of civil war as well as the aftereffects of nationality conflicts of the interwar period. The colloquium will explore this special constellation of national and Left memory through the prism of lesser known but central events in the history of the European workers' movement, thereby seeking to gain a new perspective on the history of perception of the Holocaust after 1945.




Thursday, 14 November 2013

Ljiljana Radonic (Wien)

»Brüderlichkeit und Einheit«.

Der Holocaust im jugoslawischen Gedächtnis


Thursday, 28 November 2013

Robert Gordon (Cambridge)

Grey Zones.

Resistance, Civil War and the Holocaust in Postwar Italy


Thursday, 9 January 2014

Holger Nehring (Stirling)

Klasse und Empire.

Labour und die Absenz des Holocaust


Thursday, 16 January 2014

Susanne Zepp (Berlin/Leipzig)

Antifaschismus ante bellum.

Der Spanische Bürgerkrieg


Thursday, 6 February 2014

Karl Schlögel (Berlin)

Klasse und Ethnos.

Der Große Vaterländische Krieg