EVENT: The Holocaust and the Cold War. Culture and Justice (May 26-28)

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May 26, 2021 to May 28, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Eastern Europe History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Law and Legal History, Modern European History / Studies

Joint Annual Conference
Fritz Bauer Institut, Frankfurt am Main
Imre Kertész Kolleg, Jena

The conference will examine to what extent the Cold War affected representations of the Shoah in historiography, legal investigations and trials as well as the arts and will ask how this has determined political discourse until today. We will take stock of the confrontational nature of the Cold War and discuss how the Holocaust became a discursive and ideological weapon in the arsenals of both the West and the Eastern Bloc.

The conference will take place from May 26 to 28 2021. The conference will be held entirely online. All information will be available shortly on our conference website. Registration for this event is not required (except for the film screening)



Wednesday, May 26, 2021

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION // 4:00 – 4:30  p.m.
Joachim von Puttkamer (Jena)
Sybille Steinbacher (Frankfurt am Main)

KEY NOTES // 4:30 – 6:30  p.m.
Mary Fulbrook (London): The Holocaust as a European Project
Jan Tomasz Gross (Princeton/Berlin): Reflections about Jewish Life in Eastern Europe after the Second World War

Thursday, May 27, 2021

PANEL I: SOCIETIES // 9:00 – 10:00  a.m.
Chair: Raphael Utz (Jena)
Ido de Haan (Utrecht): Fragmented Commemorations: The Cold War in Dutch Holocaust Memory
Simon Perego (Paris): Holocaust Memory in France during the Cold War: A Historiographical Reconsideration
Hana Kubátová (Prague): Guilt, Responsibility, and Trauma: Restoring Moral Self-Image in Post-war Slovakia

PANEL II: RESEARCH // 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Chair: Paulina Gulińska-Jurgiel (Halle)
Michael Fleming (London): The Polish Government-in-Exile and the Government in Warsaw
Alexander Walther (Jena): East German Survivor Historians and their Networks
Agata Pietrasik (Warsaw/Berlin): War Crimes Exhibitions in France and Poland

PANEL III: LITERATURES // 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Chair: Katrin Stoll (Jena)
Elisa-Maria Hiemer (Gießen): Polish Literature on the Holocaust and its Reception in East and West
Tamás Scheibner (Budapest): Imre Kertész and the Helsinki Process
Urszula Kowalska-Nadolna (Poznań): The Czech Literary Response to the Holocaust

PANEL IV: FILMS // 2:00 – 3:00  p.m.
Chair: Golnaz Sarkar-Farshi (Jena)
Bernhard Groß (Jena): Western European Film and the Holocaust
Balázs Varga (Budapest): Hungarian Holocaust Film in the 1960s
Rita Horváth (Vienna): Cold Days (Hideg Napok) by András Kovác (Hungary 1966)

PANEL V: JURISDICTION HUNGARY // 3:15 – 4:15  p.m.
Chair: Éva Kovács (Vienna)
Kata Bohus (Tromsø): The Eichmann Trial in Hungarian Public: Holocaust Memory in the Socialist Press and Propaganda
András Kovács (Budapest): »This is not a Jewish question; this is a question of fascism and anti-fascism« – The Eichmann-case and the Hungarian Socialist Workers‘ Party
Máté Zombory (Budapest): Holocaust Historian or Antifascist Nazi Hunter? Jenő Lévai and the Second Wave of War Crimes Trials


ONLINE FILM SCREENING // 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Cold Days (Hideg Napok) by András Kovács, Hungary 1966, 97 min.
Livestream on the video platform Vimeo.
Registration at: h.hecker@fritz-bauer-institut.de

Friday, May 28, 2021

PANEL VI: JURISDICTION GDR // 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Chair: Annette Weinke (Jena)
Hermann Wentker (Berlin): Trials of Nazi Perpetrators in the GDR in the 1960s. How Important was the Inner-German Context?
Lorena De Vita (Utrecht): Preparing for Jerusalem: The Eichmann Trial as a Warsaw Pact Concern
Katharina Rauschenberger (Frankfurt am Main): Friedrich Karl Kaul in Jerusalem and After: Trials in the Antifascist Campaigns

PANEL VII: JURISDICTION POLAND // 10:15 – 11:15  a.m.
Chair: Andrea Rudorff (Frankfurt am Main)
Audrey Kichelewski (Strasbourg): Local Collaborators on Trial: A Transnational Case Study in 1960s Poland
Łukasz Jasiński (Berlin): Under Political Pressure. The Main Commission for the Investigation of Hitlerite Crimes in Poland in 1967–1968
Zofia Wóycicka (Warsaw): Auschwitz in the 1950s–1960s: Shared European Heritage?

Chair: Nadège Ragaru (Paris)
Michael Kraus (Middlebury/Vermont): Ota Kraus and Erich Kulka as Holocaust Historians
Jan  Láníček (Sydney): Communist Use and Abuse of Wartime »Jewish Collaboration« in Trials during the 1940s and 1950s
Vojtech Kyncl (Prague): From the Eichmann Case to the Malloth Trial. The Czechoslovak Government Commission for the Prosecution of Nazi War Criminals (1965–1990)

Chair: Dmitry Astashkin (Moscow)
Ilja Altmann and Christina Winkler (Moscow): »One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich«: Soviet Justice and the Perpetrators of the Holocaust
David Alan Rich (Bologna): Footsoldiers Face Justice: »Aktion Reinhard« Camp Guards‘ Soviet Trials, 1960–1970
Gintaré Malinauskaite (Vilnius): Holocaust and Soviet War Crimes Trials in the Cold War Context: The Case of Soviet Lithuania in the 1960s

COMMENTS AND CONCLUSIONS // 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Natalia Aleksiun (New York/Jena)
Norbert Frei (Jena)
Mary Fulbrook (London)
Joachim von Puttkamer (Jena)
Sybille Steinbacher (Frankfurt am Main)

Contact Info: 

Fritz Bauer Institut
An-Institut der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Norbert-Wollheim-Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)69 798 322-40

Conference Office: Hannah Hecker

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