Thursday 6 September
Sydney Law School, University of Sydney
In partnership with Sydney Ideas, representatives from the Sydney Jewish Museum will present ‘Voices from the ashes: the enduring significance of Holocaust survivor testimony in the 21st century’.
The destruction of European Jewry during the Second World War is among the most documented and discussed events in human history. Acknowledging the testimony of survivors allows us to truly grapple with the historical, moral and philosophical questions that confront us when we study and teach about the Holocaust. The Sydney Jewish Museum was established by survivors and has given centrality to their voices and memories.
In 2018 living survivors are scarce, but new technologies allow visitors to hear their voices and memories. Beyond teaching, commemoration and representation of the Holocaust, one crucial question for museums, educators, academics and psychotherapists is what purpose is served by survivors sharing their memories, reliving and possibly transmitting their trauma?
An esteemed panel that includes Clinical Associate Professor Michael Robertson, Dr Avril Alba, Dr Ari Lander and Jacqui Wasilewsky will explore oral history, how the testimony of Holocaust survivors is used today and the problems, questions and opportunities it presents to people grappling with the legacy of the Holocaust.
Registration is essential. Register here.
Image credit: Holocaust survivor Lena Goldstein. Photographer Katherine Griffiths. Sydney Jewish Museum Collection.