Holocaust Awareness Week – lecture series

Posted by pt91 at Oct 18, 2011 12:25 PM |
Holocaust Awareness Week events at University of Leicester, 24-27 October

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 18 October 2011

The University of Leicester Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is holding a series of three lectures and linked discussions as part of Holocaust Awareness Week, 24-27 October, in the Ken Edwards Building, main University campus.  

‘A Young Girl’s Flight from the Holocaust’, Ruth David’s experience of Kindertransport after the horror of Kristallnacht in 1938, will follow the opening of Holocaust Week at the University by Professor Douglas Tallack, Head of the College of Arts, Humanities and Law, on Monday 24 October at 5.30pm (Lecture Theatre 3).

A presentation of Imre Rochlitz’s book ‘Accident of Fate – A Personal Account’. The author discusses the twisted paths on which he survived the Holocaust. His book tells of his escape from Austria to Yugoslavia in 1938, and from German Nazis and Croatian Fascists during WWII. It also pays tribute to the people who helped him to survive. After a discussion between the author and Dr Alexander Korb of the Stanley Burton Centre clips from the film ‘The Righteous Enemy’ will be shown, in which Joseph Rochlitz, the author’s son, documented his father’s survival.   The event takes place on Tuesday 25 October at 5.30pm, Lecture Theatre 2.

‘Challenging the Myth of Silence’, a talk by Professor David Cesarani, will look at the impact of survivor writers and historians on early post war responses to the destruction of European Jewry, and will challenge conventional perceptions that Holocaust survivors kept silent.    His lecture takes place on Thursday 27 October at 5.30pm, Lecture Theatre 2.

Professor Cesarani is Research Professor of History and Director of the Holocaust Research Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London.  He is the former director of research at the Wiener Library, the UK’s largest Holocaust research centre.  

David Cesarani was awarded the Order of the British Empire for his services to Holocaust Education in 2005.

‘The Holocaust Awareness Week addresses the Holocaust in its complexities and its extreme range. Millions of people were murdered. Listening to survivors who share their story, and to historians who present their research, offers the rare opportunity to get nearer to the incomprehensible’

The Holocaust Awareness Week lecture series at the University of Leicester is free of charge and open to the public.

The Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies would like to thank Ms Sara Elkes for her generous support of the 19th Annual Elchanan and Miriam Elkes Memorial Lecture, and Christians Aware for their assistance organizing the event.

Notes to Editors: For more information contact Dr Alexander Korb,

Email ak368@leicester.ac.uk, tel 0116 252 2784

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