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Transformation of Memory? The Thematisation of the Shoah in the GDR since the 1970s."

As part of its colloquium in the winter semester 2021/22 at the University of Erfurt, the research association "Dictatorship Experience and Transformation" invites you to the next event on Thursday, 21 October. It begins at 4 pm. This time Alexander Walther will speak about "Transformation of Memory? The Thematisation of the Shoah in the GDR since the 1970s."

Inauguration of a memorial and memorial site at the Jewish cemetery in Schönhauser Allee in Berlin on 3 September 1961 in the presence of the State Secretary for Church Affairs of the GDR, Hans Seigewasser, and the State Rabbi Dr Martin Riesenburger.
Inauguration of a memorial and memorial site at the Jewish cemetery in Schönhauser Allee in Berlin on 3 September 1961 in the presence of the State Secretary for Church Affairs of the GDR, Hans Seigewasser, and the State Rabbi Dr Martin Riesenburger. Dedication of a memorial at the Jewish cemetery in Schönhauser Allee in Berlin on 3 September 1961 in the presence of the State Secretary for Church Affairs of the GDR, Hans Seigewasser, and the State Rabbi Dr. Martin Riesenburger. Speech by the State Rabbi Dr. Martin Riesenburger during the inauguration ceremony. (Photo: Irene Eckleben, ADN Central Photo)

Remembering the Shoah in the GDR was not a success story. But even before the state-enforced events on the 50th anniversary of the November pogroms in 1988, there were impulses to keep the memory of Jewish victims alive and to articulate a stubborn form of anti-fascism. The lecture sheds light on these attempts and outlines developments in commemoration since the late 1970s.

Alexander Walther studied history and English for the teaching profession at grammar schools at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. For his state examination thesis, he conducted interviews with former Bosnian civil war refugees and then worked at the European College Jena. He is currently doing his doctorate at the FSU Jena.

The colloquium will take place digitally via the Cisco Webex platform in the winter semester 2021/22. (Meeting room: https://uni-erfurt.webex.com/meet/DuT_UE). The meeting room will open 15 minutes before the start of the event. There is no need to register directly with Webex, you can join the meeting directly via your browser.

If you need more information about access or assistance, please contact: dut.info@uni-erfurt.de.