Symposium

The Legacy of 20th-Century Catastrophes -

2 May 2020
online

You Tell Us Stories. Why?

Never again Auschwitz: that was the thought after the horrors of the Shoah became public knowledge. But the Gulag was still there. In Rwanda and Srebrenica, the horror of genocide returned. And now, still, people are displaced, locked into camps or murdered because of their ethnicity, political beliefs or faith. Have we learned nothing from all the moving stories and witness accounts? What is the value of remembering and commemoration? What will our future look like if we forget the lessons of the past?

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Speakers

Poland, 1926

Marian Turski

Holocaust survivor, historian and founder POLIN Museum

Rwanda, 1984

Jacqueline Murekatete

survivor Rwandan genocide and founder Genocide Survivors Foundation

United States, 1964

Anne Applebaum

historian and author Gulag: A History

United States, 1952

David Rieff

journalist and author of In Praise of Forgetting

France, 1974

GĂ©raldine Schwarz

journalist and author of Those Who Forget
Foto Leon Wieseltier

USA, 1952

Leon Wieseltier

Jewish-American public intellectual and author Kaddish

Published in

Journal Nexus
2020

Nexus 84

Een spiegel voor onze tijd

Een spiegel voor onze tijd

Dutch publication with a.o. Marian Turski, Jacqueline Murekatete and David Rieff