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In this commentary, Lucy Shacketon outlines why UK universities have both the right and the responsibility to inform and influence the referendum debate.
3 August 2015
Lucy Shackleton More...
Starts: Aug 3, 2015 12:00:00 AM
In their relationship to Europe, both Britain and Romania are situated at the continent’s edge, but that is where any list of comparisons between the two countries usually ends. Certainly, both countries are members of the European Union, but their respective responses to the European Union differ markedly. Polls conducted by Eurobarometer consistently put Romanians among the most enthusiastic supporters of the European Union, and the British (along with the Greeks) among the least. But what are the historical roots of Romanian and British attitudes towards Europe and the European idea?
27 July 2015
Prof. Martyn Rady More...
Starts: Jul 27, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Young people in the UK today who are attracted to extremism are typically well educated. Given the weaknesses of this ideology in terms of its use of history, internal coherence of arguments and moral standards, its success with many educated young people requires explanation. The explanation, according to Dr. Farid, is multifaceted but education has a big role to play in curbing the trend.
2 June 2015
Dr. Farid Panjwani More...
Starts: Jun 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Europe and the Holocaust - Shifts in Public Debates in Poland, Germany and the United Kingdom
Publication date: Sep 12, 2012 10:29 AM
Sep 12, 2012 01:00 PM
End: Nov 15, 2012 09:00 PM
15 November 2012
The panel investigates shifts in the role of the Holocaust in European public debates in the recent past. Contrasting developments in Poland, Germany, and Great Britain, we will identify common threads as well as differences in perceiving, presenting, memorizing the mass murder of European Jewries.
Dr Ulrich Baumann: Deputy Director of the Stiftung Denkmal für die Ermordeten Juden Europas (Foundation to the Murdered Jews of Europe). His research focus is on the history of National Socialism and in social and gender history. In 2000, he published Zerstörte Nachbarschaften, a history of interethnic cohabitation of Jews, Catholics and Protestants in rural Southern Germany. Dr Baumann contributed significantly to the realization of the Information Centre at the Berlin Holocaust Memorial. Since then, he has (co-) curated exhibitions on Nazi military justice, on the so-called 'Kristallnacht' in November 1938, and on the Eichmann trial: 'Facing Justice – Adolf Eichmann on Trial'.
Prof David Cesarani: Research Professor in history at Royal Holloway, University of London. He advised the Home Office unit responsible for Holocaust memorial day and was a member of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office delegation to the Intergovernmental Taskforce for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research. Prof Cesarani has written several monographs dealing with the Nazi persecution and mass murder of the Jews, including Eichmann. His life and crimes (2004), which won the 2006 National Jewish Book Award for History in the USA, and Major Farran’s Hat. Murder, scandal and Britain’s war against Jewish terrorism, 1945-1948 (2008). He edited several more, including (with Paul Levine) 'Bystanders to the Holocaust. A re-evaluation (2002). He has also acted as historical consultant on numerous radio and TV documentaries, and is a contributor to the Guardian.
Mr Ben Helfgott: MBE, D.Litt. Institute of Education, London, Dr.h.c. University of Southampton, Chairman of the Institute of Polish-Jewish Studies, Oxford and Chairman '45 Aid Society Holocaust Survivors.
Dr Jacek Leociak: Member of the Institute for Literary Research at the Polish Academy of Sciences, where he heads the research team for Holocaust Literature, and member of the Centre for Holocaust Research, equally at the Polish Academy of Sciences. Prof. Leociak is co-editor of the yearbook Zaglada Zydów. Studia i Materialy (Holocaust. Studies and Materials), and member of the experts' team curating the Holocaust Gallery in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, to be opened in Warsaw in 2013. Co-author (with Barbara Engelking) of The Warsaw Ghetto. A Guide to the Perished City (Yale University Press 2009). Among his most recent books is Rescuing. Tales by Poles and Jews, Kraków 2010, and Looking at Warsaw Ghetto, Warsaw 2011 (both in Polish).
Dr François Guesnet: Reader of Modern Jewish History at the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, UCL, will chair the discussion.