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Forum Z: Holocaust History and Memory

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Event date: Wednesday, 05 February 2020 05:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Place: Orangerie - Domaine thermal
36, Avenue des Bains
L-5610 Mondorf-les-Bains

 This Forum Z centres around three themes related to Holocaust history and memory, each theme being treated in a different format: Holocaust history in the digital age, the Holocaust and Jewish life in Luxembourg, combatting anti-Semitism in contemporary Europe.

The event is structured in three different parts: demonstrations, presentations and a round table discussion.


1. Holocaust research in the digital age

This first part of the event offers the opportunity to learn more about new possibilities and methodologies for Holocaust research. Visitors can walk around different workstations featuring the following project demonstrations:

  • Arolsen Archives, presented by Christiane Weber
  • European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI), presented by Adina Babeş-Fruchter
  • Database of 3.100 foreign Jews in Luxembourg in 1940: statistical exploitation, graphs, maps, visualisations, presented by Marc Gloden and Robert Beța (C²DH)
  • Iwalk (Jewish community in Esch and Luxembourg), presented by Jakub Bronec (C²DH)
  • Digitised private archives of the Harf Family (1940-1947) as part of a website project about the Jewish community in Luxembourg, presented by Georges Büchler (C²DH)


2. The Holocaust and Jewish life in Luxembourg: filling the gaps

The gaps in the history of the Holocaust in Luxembourg and the current legacies of the Holocaust (spoliation, postwar Jewish community) will be in the focus of short presentations and discussions.

  • Vincent Artuso (Historian): L'État luxembourgeois et la "Question juive". 1930-1950
  • Denis Scuto (C²DH): L’État luxembourgeois et le retour des Juifs au Luxembourg en 1945
  • Elisabeth Hoffmann and Jérôme Courtoy (Musée national de la Résistance): Luxemburger und der Holocaust. Neue Forschungsergebnisse zum Reserve-Polizeibataillon 101
  • Renée Wagener (Historian): Quantité négligeable: Das Luxemburger Entschädigungsgesetz von 1950 und die jüdischen Opfer
  • Laurent Moyse (Journalist and Author): Lost families and lost assets: the need to clarify


3. Combatting anti-Semitism in contemporary Europe

What is the state of anti-Semitism in Europe, and Luxembourg, today? How can it be situated within the broader context of rising hate speech and crime, online and offline? What ways are being proposed to combat it? How does it intertwine with politics and relate to broader memory battles that are fought in Europe today? These will be the themes addressed during a round table discussion with the following participants:

  • Dr. Gerben Zaagsma (moderator, C²DH)
  • Georges Santer (Ambassador, Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance/IHRA)
  • Prof. David Feldman (Director, Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • François Moyse (Chair, European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage)


Spoken languages: French, German, Luxembourgish, English

Refreshments will be served.


Free entrance, registration is appreciated for organisation reasons.

Link: Registration via Eventbrite
Forum Z Holocaust History and Memory