Seventy-five years after the end of World War II, this symposium offers a comprehensive look at the effects of the Shoah, from 1945 to the present, on the survivors of Nazi persecution, their descendants, and society as a whole. It will cover a wide range of questions, and will ask, for example, how survivors have dealt with their own suffering or how memories, experiences, and traumas have been passed on within families. The symposium will also explore how majority societies have engaged with the fate of survivors and their families. These questions will be set in relation to the larger social, political, and historical developments that have taken place since the end of the war. Looking at the present state of the debate as well as to the future, the symposium also asks how we will deal responsibly with the legacies of the Shoah—at a time when we are not only approaching the end of the era of the witness, but when the engagement with this past is becoming increasingly contested.
Hosted by the Barenboim-Said Akademie and AMCHA Germany