Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 at the University of Leeds

Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 coincides with wide-ranging programme of events at the University: a two-day conference on Transnational Holocaust Memory, an exhibition in Parkinson Court on Germany’s Confrontation with the Holocaust in a Global Context and a one-day event for local schools.

The Transnational Holocaust Memory conference takes place on 26 and 27 January and features plenary speakers Marianne Hirsch, Leo Spitzer, Eva Hoffman, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Stef Craps, Lyndsey Stonebridge, Robert Eaglestone and Sue Vice. The conference programme includes academic plenaries, panel sessions, and a performance on Tuesday evening created by the Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah in collaboration with Escape Contemporary Youth Theatre, and post-show discussion.

Also opening on Monday 26 January is the exhibition ‘Germany’s Confrontation with the Holocaust in a Global Context’. This exhibition, created by the German department in collaboration with the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation and the UK National Holocaust Centre, considers how Germany’s response to the Holocaust has transformed since 1945 and presents these responses alongside global examples of other nations’ confrontations with dark pasts.

On Wednesday 28 January the University welcomes 50 students and teachers from local schools, who will participate in a programme of seminars including an afternoon session based on the exhibition.