Tagged: Holocaust

Visitors at the gate of the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum in Oswiecim, Poland 0

Dark Tourism: Concept and Limitations

Recently, there has been a surge in interest in the phenomenon of dark tourism. A large upcoming conference in Glasgow along with many recent publications on the subject provide ample evidence of this phenomenon. Those studying the subject would argue this is a response to the growth and development in...

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Holocaust Memory and Online Shaming

In November, I shared my thoughts on what social media can do for contemporary research on Holocaust consciousness. These “slippery” historical sources – always in flux – help everyday people to express themselves and their engagement with the history of the Holocaust; yet they often present ethical complications. I am...

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LGBT+ Public History: ‘Queering’ Museums and Archives

As explored in Jack’s introductory article, the history of sexuality is a problematic endeavour. The historical contingency of sexual identities renders quests to ‘reclaim’ an LGBT+ past problematic. In an attempt to avoid imposing the categories of gender and sexuality of our contemporary world onto the past, historians have focused...

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Should we freeze out the skater behind the ‘Holocaust on ice’?

Several weeks ago a storm of controversy broke over the head of Tatiana Navka, a Russian former Olympic ice skater and the wife of Vladimir Putin’s chief spokesman. The reason? A Holocaust-themed skating routine. She and her skating partner, actor Andrei Burkovsky, performed the routine as part of the Russian...

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Historical Sightseeing in Today’s Warsaw

Warsaw, like Berlin, is one of those cities where you cannot ignore the recent past. Nearly razed to the ground during World War II, rebuilt in haste under Soviet rule and now buzzing with shops, cafés and restaurants, modern history is all around. But what do today’s tourists actually see...

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Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Perpetration, Complicity and Collaboration: Conference Report

On 21 October 2016, the Centre for Collective Violence, Holocaust and Genocide Studies at UCL, with the support of the IAS Octagon Small Grants Fund, organised the one-day workshop on ‘Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Perpetration, Complicity, and Collaboration in Nazi-dominated Europe’. In the past two decades, research into perpetrators, collaborators, and...

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Slippery Historical Sources: Social Media, Holocaust Memory and Instagram

Instagram has approximately 13,400 photos under the hashtag “#holocaustmuseum”. This might seem arbitrary, but most of these images are the subject of my historical research. Professionally, I have labelled myself in several ways – as a public historian, a Holocaust scholar, and as a historian of social media. All of...

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Who saved the Jews of Bulgaria from the Nazis?

During the Nazi occupation in World War Two, alongside Denmark and Finland, Bulgaria successfully prevented the deportation of its Jewish population. As Bulgaria became more closely allied with Germany, the Nazis gave orders to organise the deportation of Jews from the region. Although plans were partially fulfilled, following civil and...