Conference Program

The conference is an online-only event. In order to have enough time for the panel discussions, we decided to make the speakers’ presentations available on the conference website. The video or audio recordings are accessible in the Presentations section. The conference itself focuses on the discussion, therefore the presentations will only be briefly introduced by the moderators in the individual panels. We suggest to listen to and watch the contributions before watching the live discussion of a panel to gain the necessary background. You can access the videos of the panel discussions via the links in the program schedule below. The opening session with the two key notes and the closing discussion are live-only events.

How to operate the video stream of the panels: You can manually select a video via the link in the »Panel/Livestream« section by clicking on the STREAM button. The live discussions are recorded and remain available after the livestream of a panel has ended. To start the video of a past session you click on the corresponding STREAM button to the panel you want to watch. The active video is displayed in the player below.

Time (CEST)
Panel/Livestream
Speaker/Lecture
Presentation
  1. Day 1
    Wednesday
    May 26
    1. 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.

      Opening Session / Key Notes

      Stream
      1. Prof. Dr. Sybille Steinbacher (Frankfurt am Main)
        Welcome and Introduction
      2. The Holocaust as a European Project
      3. Prof. Dr. Jan Tomasz Gross (Princeton/Berlin)
        Reflections about Jewish Life in Eastern Europe after the Second World War
  2. Day 2
    Thursday
    May 27
    1. 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

      Panel I: Societies

      Chair: Dr. Raphael Utz (Jena)
      Stream
      1. Fragmented Commemorations: The Cold War in Dutch Holocaust Memory
        Presentation
      2. Holocaust Memory in France during the Cold War: A Historiographical Reconsideration
        Presentation
      3. Guilt, Responsibility, and Trauma: Restoring Moral Self-Image in Post-war Slovakia
        Presentation
    2. 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

      Panel II: Research

      Stream
      1. The Polish Government-in-Exile and the Government in Warsaw
        Presentation
      2. East German Survivor Historians and their Networks
        Presentation
      3. Dr. Agata Pietrasik (Warsaw/Berlin)
        War Crimes Exhibitions in France and Poland
        Presentation
    3. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

      Panel III: Literatures

      Chair: Dr. Katrin Stoll (Jena)
      Stream
      1. Dr. Elisa-Maria Hiemer (Marburg/Gießen)
        Literature as a weapon? Polish Literature on the Holocaust and its Reception in East and West
        Presentation
      2. Imre Kertész and the Cold War
        Presentation
      3. The Czech Literary Response to the Holocaust
        Presentation
    4. Break
    5. 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

      Panel IV: Films

      Chair: Golnaz Sarkar-Farshi (Jena)
      Stream
      1. Western European Film and the Holocaust
        Presentation
      2. Dr. Balázs Varga (Budapest)
        Hungarian Holocaust Film in the 1960s
        Presentation
      3. COLD DAYS (Hideg Napok) by András Kovács (Hungary 1966)
        Presentation
    6. 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

      Panel V: Jurisdiction Hungary

      Chair: Prof. Dr. Éva Kovács (Vienna)
      Stream
      1. Dr. Kata Bohus (Tromsø)
        The Eichmann Trial in Hungarian Public: Holocaust Memory in the Socialist Press and Propaganda
        Presentation
      2. Prof. Dr. András Kovács (Budapest/Vienna)
        »This is not a Jewish question; this is a question of fascism and anti-fascism« – The Eichmann-case and the Hungarian Socialist Workers‘ Party
        Presentation
      3. Dr. Máté Zombory (Budapest)
        Holocaust Historian or Antifascist Nazi Hunter? Jenő Lévai and the Second Wave of War Crimes Trials
        Presentation
    7. Break
    8. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

      Online Film Screening

      1. COLD DAYS (Hideg Napok) by András Kovács

        Hungary 1966, 97 min.

        Set in 1946, this film (based on a novel by Tibor Cseres) is about the planning and execution of the January 1942 Novi Sad massacre of 4,000 Yugoslav Serbs and Jews by Hungarian army units in retaliation for a partisan ambush (in which 17 soldiers were gunned down). It is mainly explored through the recollections of four participants – Major Buky, Lieutenant Tarpataki, Ensign Pozdor, and Corporal Szabonow – who are cellmates awaiting trial. Ultimately, however, it is an extended debate on questions of individual responsibility.

  3. Day 3
    Friday
    May 28
    1. 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

      Panel VI: Jurisdiction GDR

      Stream
      1. Trials of Nazi Perpetrators in the GDR in the 1960s: How Important was the Inner-German Context?
        Presentation
      2. Dr. Lorena De Vita (Utrecht)
        Preparing for Jerusalem: The Eichmann Trial as a Warsaw Pact Concern
        Presentation
      3. Dr. Katharina Rauschenberger (Frankfurt am Main)
        Friedrich Karl Kaul in Jerusalem and After: Trials in the Antifascist Campaigns
        Presentation
    2. 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

      Panel VII: Jurisdiction Poland

      Chair: Dr. Andrea Rudorff (Frankfurt am Main)
      Stream
      1. Dr. Audrey Kichelewski (Strasbourg)
        Local Collaborators on Trial: A Transnational Case Study in 1960s Poland
        Presentation
      2. Under Political Pressure. The Main Commission for the Investigation of Hitlerite Crimes in Poland in 1967 – 1968
        Presentation
      3. Auschwitz in the 1950s – 1960s: Shared European Heritage?
        Presentation
    3. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

      Panel VIII: Jurisdiction Czechoslovakia

      Chair: Prof. Dr. Nadège Ragaru (Paris)
      Stream
      1. Prof. Dr. Michael Kraus (Middlebury/Vermont)
        Ota Kraus and Erich Kulka as Holocaust Historians
        Presentation
      2. Communist Use and Abuse of Wartime »Jewish Collaboration« in Trials during the 1940s and 1950s
        Presentation
      3. From the Eichmann Case to the Malloth Trial. The Czechoslovak Government Commission for the Prosecution of Nazi War Criminals (1965 – 1990)
        Presentation
    4. Break
    5. 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

      Panel IX: Jurisdiction Sovjet Union

      Chair: Dr. Dmitry Astashkin (Moscow)
      Stream
      1. Dr. David Alan Rich (Washington, D.C./Bologna)
        Footsoldiers Face Justice: »Aktion Reinhard« Camp Guards‘ Soviet Trials, 1960 – 1970
        Presentation
      2. Holocaust and Soviet War Crimes Trials in the Cold War Context: The Case of Soviet Lithuania in the 1960s
        Presentation
    6. 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

      Comments and Conclusions

      Stream