2022, Jun 09, Thu — 2022, Jun 12, Sun

Hijacking Memory

The Holocaust and the New Right

Talks, panels, performances, screenings

June 9–12, 2022

An international conference on right-wing appropriation of Holocaust memory.

Holocaust commemoration is commonly seen as a crucial way to prevent the resurgence of nationalism and the persecution of minorities anywhere. In the course of the postwar era, remembering the genocide of European Jews became a standard for a politics of universal human rights. In recent years, however, a troubling development has taken place: platitudes of remembrance are uttered by the very same actors who espouse anti-democratic, xenophobic and often antisemitic agendas. This process has been most visible in Trump’s America, but is evident in Hungary, Poland, Russia, Israel, France, Austria and in Germany. What is the relationship between the ritualization of Holocaust remembrance and the rise of the far-right? This conference will explore the hijacking of Holocaust memory by right-wing forces and examine ways to confront it.

Conceived by Emily Dische-Becker, Susan Neiman and Stefanie Schüler-Springorum

With contributions by Gilbert Achcar, Omer Bartov, Peter Beinart, Hannah Black, Avraham Burg, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Joseph Croitoru, David Feldman, Alexander Friedman, Konstanty Gebert, Sander L. Gilman, Samuel Goldman, Jane Gordon, Lewis R. Gordon, Jan Grabowski, Lutz Hachmeister, Tobi Haslett, Daniel Kahn, Volkhard Knigge, Nikolay Koposov, Hanno Loewy, Eva Menasse, Andrea Pető, Diana Pinto, Valentina Pisanty, Ben Ratskoff, Susanne Rohr, Eran Schaerf, Yasemin Shooman, Jelena Subotić, Hannah Tzuberi, Alexander Verkhovsky

An event by Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Einstein Forum and the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technische Universität Berlin