Antisemitism and the Shoah

Between Historicisation and Contemporary Relevance

Lecture and discussion on the 79th annual commemoration of the Wannsee Conference, 20 January 2021

Bullet holes at the Halle synagogue front door, October 2019 (photo detail: Reise Reise, CC BY-SA 4.0)
Bullet holes at the Halle synagogue front door, October 2019 (photo detail: Reise Reise, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Contemporary antisemitism is generally perceived against the backdrop of history: the systematic discrimination, persecution and murder of the European Jews serves as a mirror and reflective surface.

But in what way is the antisemitism of the 1930s and 1940s actually related to current manifestations of antisemitism? How can memorial sites and historic learning help to sharpen our awareness of everyday expressions of antisemitism? And how do we simultaneously remain aware of its historical role in enabling and committing the systematic murder of the European Jews?

Our annual commemoration this year takes the Wannsee Conference and its profoundly influential history as an opportunity to reflect on the connection between the Shoah and antisemitism from a contemporary perspective.

Opening and moderation:

Deborah Hartmann, Director of the Memorial and Educational Site House of the Wannsee Conference

Greeting: 

Prof. Dr. Samuel Salzborn, Berlin Contact Person on Antisemitism

Introduction: 

Prof. Dr. Michael Wildt, Humboldt University, head of the advisory council of the Memorial and Educational Site House of the Wannsee Conference

»Volksgemeinschaft (People’s Community) and antisemitism«

Deborah Hartmann and Michael Wildt in discussion with:

Marina Chernivsky, Director of the Competence Centre for Prevention and Empowerment/OFEK e.V.

Eva Gruberová, Author, journalist and project manager at the Max Mannheimer Study Centre in Dachau

The event will be streamed live on 20 January 2021 at 7:00 pm (CET) in German with simultaneous translations into English and into German sign language.

Questions can be sent to the panelists via chat.

Please register by e-mail: veranstaltungen[at]ghwk.de