APRIL 22, 2021 / 12 P.M.- 1:15 P.M. Eastern Time (U.S. and Canada)
“In Honor of Barbara Engelking and Jan Grabowski: New Scholarship on the History and Memory of the Holocaust in Poland”
JOANNA SLIWA, Ph.D.
Historian, Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany
Program Chair and Moderator
Jewish Childhood in Kraków: A Microhistory of the Holocaust, awarded the 2020 Fraenkel Prize
Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, The Graduate Center-CUNY
“Life and Death in the Shadow of Sobibór: Economic Dimensions of Jewish-Gentile Relations in the Town of Włodawa, 1939-1944”
This paper traces the lines of communication between the Sobibór extermination camp and the Eastern Polish town of Włodawa to explore how knowledge of the mechanisms of extermination shaped Jewish-Gentile interactions during the Holocaust. Drawing on court documents and postwar testimonies, the paper illuminates how widespread local awareness of the murder of Jews at Sobibór drove the plunder and take-over of ‘post-Jewish’ goods and property in and around the town.
Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, Clark University
“The Righteous or Szmalcowniks?! Narrative of Rescue v. Holocaust Scholarship”
How is the commemoration of assistance to Jews used to distort history and suppress research on the Holocaust in Poland?
Doctoral Candidate, PhD Program in Sociology, The Graduate Center-CUNY
“‘Polityka Historyczna’ and the Instrumentalization of the Holocaust in Contemporary Poland”
This paper will explore the diverse political strategies employed by the Polish government to distort and instrumentalize the Holocaust as a constitutive feature of its “policy on history” (polityka historyczna).
With comments from Profs. Engelking and Grabowski to follow.
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