Expert Meeting & Workshop

Using Audio-Visuals in Memory Studies of the Shoah/Holocaust - New Approaches in a Digital Era

3 December 2013 from 09:30 to 17:00 hrs
Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
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+31 20 551 0727
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Oral History - Expert Meeting & Workshop presented by the Commission for the History and Culture of Jews in the Netherlands (Menasseh Ben Israel Institute), the Huizinga Institute and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.



09:00 a.m.

Registration and coffee

09:30 a.m.

Introduction Morning Session, chaired by Selma Leydesdorff - Professor of Oral History and Culture, University of Amsterdam. Chair: Tessel Bauduin - Huizinga Institute

Part I: Keynotes. Chair: Selma Leydesdorff
The Past and Future Uses of Holocaust Testimonies, Noah Shenker - Lecturer in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Monash University
History in Memory, Memory in History: How to take in account collections of testimonies for better analysing Shoah, Denis Peschanski - Professor of History, Center for Twentieth Century Social History, University of Paris
Using Existing Sources and Generating Sources: Why Oral History Matters, Albert Lichtblau - Chair of the Centre for Jewish Cultural History and Assistant Professor of History, University of Salzburg


12:15 p.m.


01:15 p.m. Part II: Varieties of archives and ways to work. Chair: Nanci Adler - Division Head of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, NIOD-KNAW Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Return and reception of Jewish survivors: testimony collections as a historical source, Dienke Hondius - Assistant Professor of Contemporary History, VU University Amsterdam
Teaching with testimonies: international coursework using Skype, Dawn Skorczewsky - Fullbright Scholar, VU University Amsterdam and Brandeis University
Hide and seek - the use of oral history material preparing an exhibition in the Jewish Historical Museum, Hetty Berg – Curator, Jewish Historical Museum


The use of existing material while researching Alexander Pechersky, the leader of the Sobibor revolt, Selma Leydesdorff

03:00 p.m.

Coffee and tea break

03:30 p.m.

Part III: Presentations

Paula Witkamp - Project Manager, Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS-KNAW)

Puck Huitsing - Director of Collections & Services, NIOD-KNAW Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Lonnie Stegink - Project Manager, Shoah Visual History Archive, Jewish Historical Museum


Oral History, Testimony, Life story, a panel discussion chaired by Puck Huitsing, with Nanci Adler, Dienke Hondius and Paula Witkamp

Closing remarks by Selma Leydesdorff

05:00 p.m.


Participation is free, but please register in advance by submitting the online registration form at the Academy's website. 

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