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The Reception of the Holocaust in Post-Communist Europe. John-Paul Himka, March 4, 2015

Bringing the Past Back to Light:
The Reception of the Holocaust in Post-Communist Europe

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at 7:30pm
Best Buy Theater, Northrop

The beginning of a three-day conference by the IAS Collaborative Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in post-Stalinist Europe.


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Despite the Holocaust’s profound impact on the history of Eastern Europe, the communist regimes successfully repressed public discourse about and memory of this tragedy. Since the collapse of communism in 1989, however, this has changed. Professor Himka will discuss recent political, social, and cultural developments that have facilitated a more nuanced and complex understanding of the continuities and discontinuities in representations of the Holocaust and the role that memory plays in contemporary discussions of national identity in Eastern Europe.

John-Paul Himka is Professor of History and Classics at the University of Alberta.

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Cosponsored by the Institute for Global Studies, the Center for Austrian Studies, the Departments of Political Science and History, the Center for Jewish Studies, the European Studies Consortium, and the Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation.

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