New trends in studies and reflection on the Holocaust can be observed globally. Raul Hilberg, one of the most renowned researchers of the Holocaust of the Jews, wrote that Holocaust studies have to undergo three stages: 1) chaotic collecting of testimonies, reports written by the Witnesses, 2) period of planned research, surveys and questionnaires, 3) time for a complex reflection, which includes awareness of all possible conditions: psychological, cultural, economic, material etc. Currently, we are in stage 3: all around the world, methods, problems and areas of research are being investigated in order to provide better understanding of the phenomenon of genocide – its sources, nature and place in the history of humankind.
The Jewish Historical Institute is an active participant of these efforts. One of such new areas is the field of comparative studies dedicated to seemingly distant regions, cultures and political realities, where acts of genocide occurred. What is the link between these „bloodlands”, geographically and historically? Which similar events were happening in communities, where similarly horrifying concepts had emerged: Nazi Third Reich, Cambodia in the 1970s, Rwanda and Bosnia in the 1990s? This is our first event dedicated to this subject.
The participants of our meeting include:
– Amra Begić, Srebrenica–Potočari Memorial and Cemetery for the Victims of the 1995 Genocide,
– Meta Sovicheth, Documentation Center of Cambodia,
– Marin Yann – Survivor of the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields in Cambodia,
– Paul Rukesha — Survivor of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda in 1994, today – head of Digitalization Center at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre.
Introduction will be given by the Professor Paweł Śpiewak, the meeting will be hosted by Małgorzata Wosińska.
Reflections from the world will be accompanied by accounts and experiences from Polish memory sites and Polish studies on the Holocaust.
The event will take place on 2 September at 6 PM at the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute.
It will be an important discussion. We look forward to seeing you!
The meeting will be translated to Polish.