Lunchtime Lecture – Off the record, from the records
Wednesday 29nd November
Professor Konrad Kwiet and Dr Ari Lander
Historical analysis only develops through new interpretations acknowledging or convincingly challenging previous depictions. Emeritus Professor Konrad Kwiet and Dr Ari Lander will discuss their differing opinions and conclusions about crucial aspects of the Holocaust. Is the role of historians confined to historical analysis or should historians try and derive “lessons” from the Holocaust? Are the genocides perpetrated against Sinti and Roma and people with disabilities part of the Holocaust? Should a Museum like the Sydney Jewish Museum acquire Nazi artefacts? What role does the testimony of Holocaust survivors play in our understanding of the Holocaust? We promise a lively and feisty academic discussion.
Dr Ari Lander is an education officer at the Sydney Jewish Museum. He completed his doctorate on the history of the Zionist youth movements at the University of New South Wales. At UNSW he lectured and tutored for seven years on a variety of subjects including the Holocaust, comparative genocide studies, Zionism and Jewish history.
Professor Konrad Kwiet is a German-born historian and child survivor of the Holocaust. Formerly the Pratt Foundation Professor in Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at The University of Sydney and the Chief historian of the Australian War Crimes Commission. He works as the Resident Historian at the Sydney Jewish Museum.