Activity type: Public activity
Organisation name: University of Oxford
Magdalen College (Online)
ONLINE OXFORD HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL LECTURE SERIES
This is the program for the online Oxford Holocaust Memorial Lecture Series, a collection of events arranged by Magdalen College DPhil History candidate Barnabas Balint to coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day on 27th January 2021. All events will take place online, are open to members of the public and can be booked via the relevant booking link. Any questions please contact Barnabas Balint – [email protected] Twitter and Instagram: @OxHMD21
This series is dedicated to Ingrid Wuga BEM (1924-2020). Ingrid came to the UK on the Kindertransport and lived the rest of her life in Scotland. Along with her husband, Henry Wuga MBE, a fellow Holocaust survivor, Ingrid shared her testimony with students and Ambassadors from the Holocaust Educational Trust so that future generations would know and understand what happened. Her passing is a loss to us all and may her memory be preserved forever.
To sign up to all events in the series, complete the following link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=G96VzPWXk0-0uv5ouFLPkWht-eUoPBlBpvwnB9J4c51UQlNVWjFSQzVNR084WldGTVVMRk5MTE9TTS4u
Alternativley, you can book onto individual events via their own links.
Tuesday 12th January, 6pm – Survivor Testimony – Joan Salter MBE
At this event, attendees will have the opportunity to hear the personal testimony of a Holocaust survivor. Using a pre-circulated form, attendees will also be able to submit questions. The event will consist of 45 minutes testimony, followed by 15 minutes reflections facilitated by Regional Ambassadors from the Holocaust Educational Trust and will close with a vote of thanks from the series convener, Barnabas Balint.
STUDYING THE HOLOCAUST
Thursday 14th January, 6pm – Studying the Holocaust: Oxford Students Panel Discussion
What is it like to be a student at Oxford researching the Holocaust? Bringing together undergraduates and postgraduates, this panel discussion will discuss what inspired students to study the Holocaust and their advice to others interested in study at Oxford.
Tuesday 19th January, [time tbc] – Survivor Oral and Video Histories Workshop – William Jones (LMH) & the Oxford Oral History Seminar.
Holocaust survivor oral and video testimony collections like the USC Shoah Foundation are major resources for Holocaust researchers and educators but come with their own challenges. In this workshop, Oriental Studies doctoral candidate William Jones will lead a discussion on using digital archives and oral testimony in research and education along with members of the Oxford University Oral History Seminar.
VOICES THROUGH THE GENERATIONS
Thursday 21st January, 6pm – Youth Activism: Young People and Holocaust Commemoration Panel – Chair: Barnabas Balint (Magdalen)
With youth speakers who have been involved in Holocaust commemoration with the Holocaust Educational Trust, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, and the youth initiative ‘Yet Again’, this panel discussion will discuss how young people can contribute to remembering the Holocaust and why it is important. Speakers: Anna Cardy (HET Regional Ambassador), Rebecca Scholefield (Lincoln, HET Regional Ambassador), Nikos Souslous (HMDT Youth Representative Panel), Joe Collins (Yet Again Co-Founder).
Wednesday 27th January, [TIME TBC] – Video Testimonies of Mirjam Wiener– Sam Finkelstein (Magdalen)
At this event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, undergraduate Sam Finkelstein (Magdalen) will share video testimonies from his grandmother, Mirjam Wiener.
THE HOLOCAUST IN FILM AND LITERATURE
Thursday 28th January, 6pm – Holocaust Literature: In Conversation with Professor Bart van Es (Catz) and Debra Barnes (Author) – Chair: Nicole Wu (HET Regional Ambassador, Durham University)
Literature on the Holocaust, from the personal testimonies of survivors to fiction books, is broad and diverse and engages people in many different ways. Both authors of books about individuals’ experiences with the Holocaust, Professor Bart van Es and Debra Barnes will present and discuss their research and writing.
Tuesday 2nd February, 6pm – Holocaust Poetry Discussion with Professor Robert Eaglestone – Dana Patel (Holocaust Educational Trust Regional Ambassador) & Sukhneel Jaspal (LMH)
For many people, their first experience with the topic of the Holocaust comes from reading a book or piece of poetry. In this Holocaust poetry discussion, arranged by Holocaust Educational Trust Regional Ambassadors Dana Patel and Sukhneel Jaspal, Professor Robert Eaglestone from Royal Holloway will lead a discussion on poetry.
Wednesday 3rd February, 6pm – Social Media and Holocaust Commemoration: In Conversation with Dov Forman and Lily Ebert – Kirsty Robson (Holocaust Memorial Day Trust)
When Holocaust survivor Lily Ebert showed her great grandson Dov Frorman a bank note she was given after liberation from a death march, he started an online search via social media and successfully tracked down the soldier who gave it to her. Their reunion 75 years later captured imaginations across the country and was widely covered in television, newspapers and radio. Here, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust Scotland Support Worker and Holocaust Educational Trust Regional Ambassador Kirsty Robson talks to Dov and Lily about their story and how Social Media can be used for Holocaust commemoration and education.
Thursday 4th February, 6pm – Film Club: [FILM TBC] – Ed Rhys Jones (Lincoln) & Eloise Bishop (Holocaust Educational Trust Regional Ambassador)
Films about the Holocaust have the potential to capture people’s imaginations and – along with books – are often the first exposure they have to the topic of the Holocaust. For this film club, Holocaust Educational Trust Regional Ambassador and Undergraduate History student at Lincoln College Ed Rhys Jones will lead a discussion on [Film tbc] with Holocaust Educational Trust Regional Ambassador Eloise Bishop.
THE HOLOCAUST TODAY: MEMORY, COMMEMORATION AND ANTISEMITISM
Tuesday 9th February, 6pm – Reflections on Holocaust Memorial Day: Barbara Winton in conversation with Olivia Marks-Woldman OBE
Each year, the UK comes together to commemorate the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides in Rwanda, Cambodia, Bosnia and Darfur on Holocaust Memorial Day, 27th January. This event will feature two key figures in Holocaust commemoration and its contemporary relevance in conversation to reflect on Holocaust Memorial Day 2021. Barbara Winton is the daughter of Sir Nicholas Winton, who organized the rescue of 669 Czech children, and author of his biography If its not impossible…. Barbara has also been active in campaigning for refugees alongside Lord Alf Dubbs, one of the children brought to the UK on her father’s transport. Olivia Marks-Woldman OBE is Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, the organization responsible for marking Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK. Olivia has overseen an incredible growth of HMD events and was recognized for her work at the Trust in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honors.
Wednesday 10th February, 6pm – Antisemitism Today Panel - Carys Howell (Worcester)
75 years on from the Holocaust, antisemitism continues to be a stain on our society both in the UK and abroad. This panel, bringing together experts on the topic, will take stock of antisemitism in the UK and discuss how efforts to fight against it. Speakers: Karen Pollock CBE (Holocaust Educational Trust), and Danny Stone MBE (Antisemitism Policy Trust). Chaired by Carys Howell (Worcester)
Thursday 11th February, 6pm – Speaking Across the Divide – Dr Noemie Lopian and Derek Niemann
Dr Noemie Lopian, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, has teamed up with Derek Niemann, the grandson of an SS officer. In a highly unusual and indeed possibly unique partnership, Noemie and Derek are sharing their stories as a warning of the perils of extremism and to inspire greater understanding. Their ongoing speaking tour began in 2019. They have talked at schools, universities, and synagogues, as well as being keynote speakers at a range of public events.
Monday 15th February, 6pm – Digital Holocaust Memory: In Conversation with Dr Victoria Grace Walden – Heather Mann (Lincoln)
In the environment of lockdowns during the Covid19 pandemic, the topic of digital Holocaust memory has reached new significance. At this event, DPhil History candidate Heather Mann from Lincoln College will be in conversation with Dr Victoria Grace Walden from the University of Sussex about the Digital Holocaust Memory Project. They will discuss the project, its aims and activities, and how Holocaust memory is evolving in the digital age.
Thursday 18th February, 6pm – Second Generation Testimony - Sandra Miller introduced by Alejandro Argüelles Bullón (HET Regional Ambassador, Loughborough University)
To close the series, we will look both forward and back, hearing the testimony of a member of the second generation – the child of a Holocaust survivor. This event has been made possible thanks to Generation2Generation, an organization that helps the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors tell their family stories.