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International Observatory for Cultural Heritage
Symposium

Spaces and Geographies of Concentration Camps

How to Preserve the Memory of Discrimination

Speakers:
Lisa Ackerman
Executive Vice President, World Monuments Fund
Remembering a Difficult Past

Alberto Giordano
Chair, Geography Dept., Texas State University
From the National to the Individual: Narratives of the Holocaust in Italy

Welcoming remarks:
Barbara Faedda
Associate Director, Italian Academy, Columbia University

Europe and the United Nations commemorate the victims of the Shoah each winter on the date of Auschwitz's liberation in 1945, and the Italian Academy marks Holocaust Remembrance Day with an annual academic event exploring issues of discrimination and crimes against humanity. In previous years, the Academy broadened its focus to explore groups that were targeted in the racism and xenophobia of the Nazi and Fascist regimes, and that suffered and died along with the millions of Jews. This year, the symposium will focus on the conservation and study of concentration camps in Italy.

Image: The abandoned barracks at the Fossoli camp near Modena, 2012. (World Monuments Fund)
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Remembrance Symposia at the Academy since 2008

(Talks marked with an
* appear in the Academy's 2016 book, Present and Future Memory: Holocaust Studies at the Italian Academy, 2008–2016)

2008 Law and Science in the Service of Racism: the “Leggi Razziali”
Speakers:
Ruth Ben-Ghiat, The Italian Racial Laws: Pretexts, Subtexts, Aftermaths
Lidia Santarelli, The Righteous Enemy?
Fascist Italy and the Jews in Axis-Occupied Europe
Alexander Stille, The Holocaust and the Case of Italy

2009 Anti-Semitism at Home and Abroad
Speakers:
Ira Katznelson, The Liberal Alternative:
Jews in the United States during the Decades of Italian Fascism
*
Claudio Lomnitz [originally scheduled], Dreyfus in Latin America:
Anti-Semitism and the Ideology of the Mexican Revolution

2010 Rome’s Jewish Ghetto
Speakers:
Kenneth Stow, “Doing as the Romans Do” . . . But Also Staying Jewish.
The Challenge of Life in the Roman Ghetto, 1555–1870
*
Irina Oryshkevich, Accommodating the Jews in the “New Jerusalem” *

 2011 “Racially Inferior”: Roma, Sinti, and Other Holocaust Victims
Speakers:
Krista Hegburg, “Unknown Holocaust”: Roma and Sinti in Hitler’s Europe
Robert Kushen, Roma in Today’s Europe:
Contemporary Patterns of Prejudice and Discrimination
*

2012 “Unnatural Indecency”: Sexuality and Homosexuality during
Nazism and Fascism
Speakers:
Ted Phillips, Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933–1945 *
Elizabeth Leake, Fascism and Sexuality in Italian Literature and Film

2013 “The Unfit”: Disability under Nazism and Fascism
Speakers:
Patricia Heberer Rice, Giving a Face to Faceless Victims:
Profiles of Disabled Victims of the Nazi “Euthanasia” Program
*
Susan Bachrach, Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race *
David Forgacs, Photographing Places of Social Exclusion

2014 Gender and Anti-Semitism: Women’s Rights Yesterday and Today
Speakers:
Victoria de Grazia, Fascist Men and Jewish Women
Yasmine Ergas, Women’s Rights and Women’s Freedoms:
A View from the Present
*
Elissa Bemporad, Female Voices of the Holocaust

2015 Music, Fascism, and the Holocaust
Speakers:
Michael Beckerman, Moravia and the Wild Goose: Terezin, Summer 1944
Harvey Sachs, Jewish and Anti-Fascist Musicians in Mussolini’s Italy *

2016 To Be a Child during the Holocaust
Speakers:
Patricia Heberer Rice, In Their Own Words:
The World of the Child during the Holocaust
*
Emily Langer, “We Are Very Lucky”:
Two Young Italian Sisters Who Survived Auschwitz


2017 Looted Art, Nazism, and Fascism
Speakers:
Monica Dugot
Jasmin Hartmann, "Non signalés par les Anglais." Provenance research on French drawings acquired in France in 1944
Ilaria Pavan, Jewish persecution and looted art in Italy: evidence and denial, 1938–2015
Moderator:
Lynn Rother

Event Date 
Thu, Feb 8, 2018, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

In connection with Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Free and open to the public.

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