Springe direkt zu Inhalt

New Approaches to the Rescue of Jews during the Holocaust: History, Politics, Commemoration

23.11.2020 - 25.11.2020
JT New Approaches-Programm

JT New Approaches-Programm

Annual Conference of the Selma Stern Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg in cooperation with the Center for Research on Antisemitism (TU Berlin) and Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg

Organized by Dr. Manja Herrmann and Prof. Dr. Stefanie Schüler-Springorum

The 2020 Selma Stern Center international conference will focus on memory cultures that developed in the aftermath of the Shoah. It will particularly address a central but often underestimated issue, namely the commemoration of the rescue of Jews during the Holocaust.

The conference will be broadcast live on YouTube. Please register by e-mail at the following address: m.schaertl@selma-stern-zentrum.deYou will then receive the access data in good time in advance.



Monday, November 23, 2020, 6 PM

Opening Evening

Welcome Address

Sina Rauschenbach, Spokesperson Selma Stern Center


Michaela Küchler, Special Representative for Relations with Jewish Organisations, Issues Relating to Antisemitism, International Sinti and Roma Affairs, and Holocaust Remembrance

Lars Oeverdieck, Chancellor Technische Universität Berlin


Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, Director Center for Research on Antisemitism

Keynote Lecture

Mark Roseman, Pat M Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies, Professor in History, Indiana University Bloomington

The Rescue of History


Tuesday, November 24, 2020 (10AM-5PM)

10:00-11:30    Panel I: Agency, Contents, Functions: Commemorating the Rescue of Jews in Europe I

Chair: Manja Herrmann (Heidelberg/Berlin)

Gaëlle Fisher, Both “Perpetrators“ and “Rescuers“? Postwar Claims to Rescue in the Context of the Holocaust in Romania

Gerben Zaagsma, The Helpers of Anne Frank – Recontextualising the Rescue of Dutch Jews

Joanna Beata Michlic, Opportunities and Challenges to the Memoralization of the Holocaust: The Employment of the Histories and Memories of Rescue of Jews in Poland

11:30-12:00    Break

12:00-01:30    Panel II: The Topic of Rescue of Jews in Museums, Art, and Literature

Chair: Susanne Härtel (Potsdam/Berlin)

Zofia Wóycicka, The “Traveling Motifs” of the Rescue of Jews during the Holocaust in Contemporary European Museums

Anna Maria Droumpouki, The “Morality Narrative” about Jewish Rescue in Greece: Literary, Artistic and Museological Representations

Marija Vulesica, Was there a Topic of “Rescue” in the Cineatic Work of the Croatian Film Maker Branko Bauer?

01:30-03:30    Break

03:30-05:00    Panel III: Agency, Contents, Functions: Commemorating the Rescue of Jews in Europe II

Chair:  Beniamino Fortis (Berlin)

Kobi Kabalek, Exceptions and Idealizations in the Memory of Rescuing Jews in Germany

Charlotte Weber, Between “Righteousness” and Cliché: A Gendered Approach to the Commemoration of Rescue of Jews in Germany 

Andreas Bouroutis, “La brava gente”? The Commemoration of the Rescue of Jews in the Italian National Context



Wednesday, November 25, 2020 (10AM-5PM)


10:00-11:30    Panel IV: Agency, Contents, Functions: Commemorating the Rescue of Jews in Europe III

Chair:  Andree Michaelis-König (Frankfurt/Berlin)

Julia Sahlström, Memory and Justice: Swedish-Jewish Responses to the Holocaust 

Ida Richter, From Rescue Activity in Budapest to the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Prize: Raoul Wallenberg and Universalizing Narratives of Rescue during the Holocaust

Cláudia Ninhos,The Remembrance and Commemoration of a Righteous Among the Nations in a Former Neutral Country. Between Oblivion and Memory

11:30-12:00    Break 

12:00-01:00    Panel V: Commemoration and Debating the Rescue of Jewish Archives and Ceremonial Objects

Chair: Stefanie Schüler-Springorum (Berlin)

Michael Berkowitz, Seeking Haven for the Warburg Institute, 1933-1953: Where’s the Blue Plaque?

Anna-Carolin Augustin, Narratives of Salvage and Rescue: Nazi Looted Jewish Ceremonial Objects during and after the Holocaust

01:00-03:00    Break

03:00-04:30    Panel VI: Yad Vashem’s Righteous among the Nations

Chair: Joanna Beata Michlic (London/Haifa)

Mordecai Paldiel, Oskar Schindler and the Creation of the Commission for the Righteous at Yad Vashem

Tom Eshed, Holocaust Diplomacy: The Righteous Among the Nations and Israeli Foreign Relations 

Meron Medzini, Sugihara Chiune as Righteous Gentile of Yad Vashem

04:30-04:45    Break

04:45-05:00    Conference Wrap-Up – Final Discussion