Thursday, 9 October, 2014

We are hosting our annual Public Conversation on the evening of Monday 3 November 2014. This year the discussion will consider the question: what is the place for perpetrators within Holocaust and genocide commemoration and education? This is a challenging and sensitive topic but one which raises important questions relating to the way we commemorate and understand the Holocaust and genocide.

The event will be chaired by the Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland, and will feature a panel of speakers including: Professor Dan Stone, Professor of Modern History at Royal Holloway, University of London; Eric Eugene Murangwa, a survivor of the Genocide in Rwanda; and Suzanne Bardgett, Head of Research at the Imperial War Museum and Project Director of its Holocaust Exhibition.

We at the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT), along with many other organisations in the field of Holocaust and genocide commemoration, tend to give our resources and energies to the voices and experiences of survivors and refugees. They are placed at the centre of Holocaust Memorial Day. But should archival material relating to perpetrators be made more widely available? And should educational resources be created based on these? What are the advantages of including the accounts of perpetrators? Do we risk compromising our understanding if we chose to ignore these accounts? And how does this relate to Holocaust denial: should these views be challenged or should we ensure they are not given publicity?

This event is open to the general public and will take place in central London on Monday 3 November 2014 from 6.30-8.30pm. The venue will be announced to those attending closer to the date.

Event places are free of charge and allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis. Please contact the HMDT Team on 020 7785 7029 or email rsvp@hmd.org.uk to reserve your place no later than Monday 27 October 2014.

Only preregistered attendees will be able to attend this event.

If you missed out on last year's event, you can listen to the speakers through our Soundcloud below. Experts in the field, including survivor of the Genocide in Bosnia Kemal Pervanic, discussed whether or not too much is asked of survivors in commemoration and education.