Connective Generations: The Family after Atrocity

Venue: Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre

12 September, 19.00 – 21.00

Do you have papers, photographs or objects that relate to your family’s experiences during the Holocaust or another violent past? Have these intrigued you, or made you want to respond to them? This workshop, led by Dr Lizzie Oliver (University of Leeds) will bring together members of the second and third generations who are interested in engaging directly with the words and images that their family members created or kept after the Second World War. By the end of the workshop, you will have created (or started to create) your own piece of writing in response to the words and images you have brought with you from home.

Beginning with a conversation with Tali Nates, Director of the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre, whose father and uncle were saved by Oskar Schindler, the workshop will consider how writers and artists have responded to family histories of the Holocaust, and how in turn this might inspire our own engagement.

Please bring with you one text or image related to your family’s history. This might include:

You will use what you bring with you as your starting point to create your own piece in response. Where you are happy to share publicly, excerpts from your work will be collected and uploaded to our website after the event to showcase the meaning of family archives for younger generations.

This workshop is free and open to all but booking is essential. To reserve your place, please email or telephone (011) 640-3100.

**At the time of your booking please give an indication of the material or object that you are likely to bring with you on the day**

If you have any enquiries about the event, please email Lizzie Oliver at

A symposium for students, researchers, activists and artists, ‘Interpreting Violence and Trauma in Africa’, will also take place at the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre on Monday 12 September. This event will focus more specifically on the memory of genocide in African contexts (including both the global memory of African genocides and the memory of non-African genocides, such as the Holocaust, in Africa). Further details and the call for papers can be found here.

This event forms part of a programme, Remembering the Holocaust and Genocide in the Digital Age, running from 5-13 September at the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre. For a full list of events please click here.