Multiperspective Holocaust Remembrance in Times of Contested Memory

MuRem online event with an input by Prof. Dr. Omer Bartov

This online event marks the end of the project Multiperspective Holocaust Remembrance in Contemporary Europe (short: MuRem). Throughout the project, we engaged with educators and researchers from across Europe to foster dialogue and enhance multiperspectivity and interdisciplinarity in European Holocaust Education, while acknowledging the diversity of memory cultures and their implications for the present.

With this final event, we reflect on past networking meetings focused on multiperspectivity in Holocaust education and address key topics previously discussed during those meetings. The two-hour online event will feature a presentation by Prof. Dr. Omer Bartov, Samuel Pisar Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Brown University: “The Benefits and Perils of Holocaust Uniqueness: Political, Legal, Pedagogical, and Humanitarian Implications”, followed by a collective discussion on these themes.

In his talk Omer Bartov will address the costs and benefits of the argument that the Holocaust was a unique, and therefore incomparable, historical event. It will examine four distinct aspects of this question. 1.What are the political implications of asserting Holocaust uniqueness in countries like Poland, USSR, Russia,Ukraine, Germany, France, and Israel? How does it shape their memory politics, domestic and foreign policies, and illuminate their specific historical narratives? 2. How does the willingness or reluctance to assert Holocaust uniqueness impact international law established post-1945 and domestic legislation, including memory laws, in the mentioned states? 3. How does focusing on or avoiding the uniqueness of the Holocaust influence pedagogy in these countries? What are the costs and benefits of teaching comparative genocide versus focusing solely on the Holocaust? How is the Holocaust addressed in teaching “difficult” and traumatic national histories? 4. Can the Holocaust be utilized politically, legally, and pedagogically to promote humanitarianism? Is emphasizing its uniqueness as the genocide of Jews more effective, or is it better understood within the broader context of modern genocide and crimes against humanity?






Anna E. Hampel


Registration is open until 23.04.2024

This event takes place as part of the MuReM project.

The project is funded by the European Union within the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme (CERV).