HMD: Holocaust Memorial Day 2023

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2022-2023
30 jan. 2023

HMD: Holocaust Memorial Day 2023


This year’s edition of the Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on January 30th in the Academiegebouw.

On November 1st, 2005, Kofi Annan, then Secretary-General of the United Nations, proclaimed the liberation date of Auschwitz, January 27th, as a day of remembrance: the Holocaust Memorial Day. Globally, this day commemorates the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides such as those in Cambodia, Rwanda, Srebrenica, and Darfur.

In cooperation with the University of Utrecht, the UHSK organizes its own annual Holocaust Memorial Day on which various speakers give a lecture on a theme concerning genocide. This year will be about the remembrance of the Holocaust trauma and that of other genocides through an interdisciplinary approach. Various speakers from different research areas will give a lecture on this topic.

The exact program is listed below: 

9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.: Walk-in of the Holocaust Memorial Day (in the auditorium of the Academy Building in Utrecht).  
9.45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: The HMD will be opened by the Rector Magnificus, Henk Kummeling.  
10:00 a.m. - 10.15 a.m.: The opening of the HMD will be continued by the chairman of the day, Pieter Huistra.
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: The first lecture will be given by Frank van Vree: ‘The Holocaust - the Emergence of a Global Memory’.
11:10 a.m.– 11.55 a.m.: The second lecture will be given by Erik Somers: ‘The Persecution of the Jews in the Netherlands in Photographs’.
11.55 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Lunch (free and fully catered).  
12:30 p.m. - 13:15 p.m.: The third lecture will be given by Bettine Siertsema: ‘The fluid boundary between fact and fiction in Holocaust literature’. 
13:25 p.m. - 14:10 p.m.: The fourth lecture will be given by Daniel Koep: ‘NO!-Art: The Shoah as a theme in the visual arts and the exhibition Boris Lurie and Wolf Vostell: Art after Auschwitz’. 
14:10 p.m. – 14.45 p.m.: Debate and room for final questions. 
14.45 p.m. – 15.00 p.m.: Closing of the day.

We hope to see you on the 30th of January!


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