Shaping the Memory of the Holocaust

(May 1999)

Conference conducted jointly with the Dept. of Communication of the University of Haifa and Ghetto Fighters House. It brought together researchers from the fields of history, cinema, literature, and anthropology, as well as people in the arts who dealt with the conference topic. Ways of shaping memory in museums, film, monuments, and even school ceremonies in Israel were described.

Participants included:

Prof. Omer Bartov, Rutgers University, New Jersey, "War, Genocide, and Modern Identity."

Dr. Maoz Azaryahu, University of Haifa, "Buchenwald: The Changes at the Memorial Site."

Dr. Dina Porat, Tel-Aviv University, "'The Revival Beacon' at Yad Mordechai-Hopes and Lost Opportunities."

Prof. Haim Breshit, Sapir College of the Negev, "Perpetuation and Memory in the High-Tech Era."

Dr. Avner Ben-Amos, Tel-Aviv University, "Holocaust Day Ceremonies in Israeli Schools."

Mr. Jackie Feldman, Hebrew University, "Israeli Youth Trips to Poland."

The third session of this conference was devoted to cinema and shaping memory.

Prof. Nurit Gertz, Tel-Aviv University, "The Image of the Survivor in Israeli Movies."

Prof. Michal Friedman, Tel-Aviv University, "The Cinema and Memory of the Holocaust: Films of the ‘Second Generation' in France."

Dr. Yosefa Lushitzky, Hebrew University, presented documentary films made by Israeli "second generation" survivors.

Second day of conference, held at the Ghetto Fighters House, dealt with history and shaping memory.

Dr. Avihu Ronen, Ghetto Fighters House, "Historiography and the Shaping of Memory."

Dr. Gilad Margalit, University of Haifa, "Memory of the Holocaust in Germany."

Dr. David Ohana, Jerusalem Van Leer Institute, "How Useful and Harmful Is the Revision of History?"

Dr. Michal Ben-Naftali, Hebrew University, "Kishlovsky's Film, ‘Blue': Memory and Historicity."

Dr. Moshe Shner, Ghetto Fighters House, "Memory of the Holocaust as a Turning Point in the Jewish Narrative."

Prof. Adina Mayer-Merril, Tel-Aviv University, "Different Ways of Memorializing German Jewry."

Dr. Ariella Azoulay, Camera Obscura, "The Place of the Spectator in Memory."

Andre Elbaz, French artist, talked about the Holocaust in his works.

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