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The Holocaust and Kindertransport Study Day - POSTPONED Event

Lifelong Learning
19 May 2019
Avenue Campus, University of Southampton, Highfield Rd, Southampton SO17 1BF

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Event details

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been postponed until the next academic year.

To help mark the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport, we will be holding a one-day event on Sunday 19 May 2019 consisting of a series of talks and a chance to view an exhibition on the Kindertransport. These brief talks will be by experts from within the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations and other universities in the south of England. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.

Drawing on the very latest research, the talks will cover a diverse range of perspectives on the topic of the Kindertransport and the representation of the Holocaust in the UK. The day will present the opportunity to learn about Holocaust and Kindertransport, from a variety of different perspectives, including Holocaust testimony, museum studies, literature and memoirs. The day itself will open up exciting new avenues of knowledge and introduce new ways that we can explore the Kindertransport and the Holocaust and its memory, particularly in the UK.

Bookings are available until Thursday 16 May.

Event Programme

9.30 Registration and coffee.

10:10 Welcome and introduction by Professor Tony Kushner.

10:15 Talk by Professor Tony Kushner, ‘The Kindertransport – A Usable Past?’

2018 marked the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport scheme which brought close to 10,000 refugee children to Britain before the outbreak of the Second World War. This talk will explore the memory of the scheme since 1938 and why it has become the most celebrated of refugee movements most recently.

This paper considers the development of Holocaust memory in Britain through national Holocaust museums, from Britain's first national Holocaust exhibition within the Imperial War Museum to the forthcoming United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

11:15 Refreshment break.

11:30 Talk by Chad McDonald, Kindertransport Refugees Visiting Places Once Called 'Home' (University of Bristol and University of Southampton).

This talk will examine why some adult Kindertransport refugees decided to return to former hometowns and why others chose never to go back. Drawing on interviews with Kinder, the talk will highlight the ongoing legacy caused by the forced separation of children from their families.

12:30 Lunch.

13:30 Talk by Nicola Woodhead, The Memory of the Kindertransport 80 years on (University of Southampton).

This paper will examine the often-difficult experiences of Kinder after their departure from continental Europe. Drawing on Holocaust testimony, newspapers and archival documents, the talk will reflect on how the Kindertransport is represented.

14:30 Refreshment break

14:45 Talk by Dr Emily Stiles, Holocaust Memory and National Museums in Britain (University of Winchester).

16:00 Event ends.

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