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Discussion: Holocaust Diplomacy, Policy Makers as Memory Makers?

12 May, 2023 @ 10:00 12:00

How do global institutions preserve or shape the memory of the past – and especially in the case of Holocaust memory? What is the impact of policy and decision makers on Holocaust memorialisation at the local, national, and international level? And to what extent is the legacy of the Holocaust present in the workings of key institutions of global governance? On 12 May, Lorena De Vita organises the multidisciplinary discussion ‘Holocaust Diplomacy: Policy Makers as Memory Makers?’.

Assistant Professor Lorena De Vita (History of International Relations) will lead a discussion between policymakers and students on the intersection of diplomacy, history, and the politics of memory.

Holocaust diplomacy

The expert panel including Ernst Steigenga (Head of the Dutch Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance), Julia Sarbo (Programme Manager of Education Programmes at the National Holocaust Museum and Deputy Head of the Dutch Delegation to the IHRA), and Petra van den Boomgard (assistant professor in Transitional Justice at University College Utrecht) joins in a Q&A with interested students and academics.

This event forms part of Lorena De Vita’s research project, Holocaust Diplomacy: The Politics of Memory and Forgetting, funded by the Alfred Landecker Foundation (Alfred Landecker Lecturer Programme), combines historical research with teaching and outreach activities to build on an applied history lens and tackle some of these questions.