Wednesday 20 June
The year 2018 represents 80 years since the Evian Conference on refugees from Nazism, which has long been identified as a “failed conference” and a “lost opportunity” to save the Jews of Europe from the Nazi menace. Paul R. Bartrop will deliver his critique on the aims and outcomes of the conference, which was intended to rescue the Jews.
In this lecture, Paul will pick apart the original terms of reference that defined the Evian Conference, and reflect on the somewhat apathetic, non-committal response by those countries in attendance.
Given this gap, the Evian Conference was a meeting onto which humanitarian agencies and Jewish communities placed too many hopes—hopes that, by design, were never going to be realised.
Paul R. Bartrop, PhD is a Melbournian who holds a professorship in history and is the director of the Centre for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. His work in the field of Holocaust and Genocide Studies is well-known. He has also served as a consultant to the Jewish Holocaust Centre and when he returns mid-year to Melbourne for several months, will serve as a Visiting Fellow.