Organized by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam, an organization of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences and the University of Amsterdam (http://www.chgs.nl ), this conference marks the arrival in the Netherlands of the exhibition “The Holocaust by Bullets: The Mass Shooting of Jews in Ukraine 1941-1944,” devoted to the pioneering oral history and archeological work by the team of Father Patrick Desbois (Yadhad in Unum, Paris; http://www.holocaustbybullets.com/ ).
One aim of the conference is to further and, indeed, initiate scholarly and educational networking across disciplines and state borders. There will plenary sessions and simultaneous sessions on Ukraine’s Shoah; both the event and its aftermath in commemoration and teaching, within and beyond Ukraine. Apart from the meetings there will be poster presentations by Dutch and Ukrainian educators.
The invited speakers, chairs, and discussants are coming from various countries. Participants include Dutch teacher-trainers, their Ukrainian colleagues (present in the Netherlands as part of an exchange program), and most of the alumni of a fellowship program in genocide studies for Ukrainian citizens, in existence at the CHGS between August 2006 and June 2009.
Guest of honor and speaker will be Father Patrick Desbois, who with others will also open the exhibition “The Holocaust by Bullets” at Camp Vught National Memorial on Thursday, 10 September 2009, at 2 p.m.; http://www.nmkampvught.nl/ .
The conference language is English. The program is available at http://www.chgs.nl.
Advance registration is required; please send by 20 August an e-mail message to ms. Monique van Kessel at M.van.Kessel@niod.knaw.nl , who will confirm receipt.
Registration includes: (i) full name, (ii) institution, and (iii) e-mail address.
Unless participants indicate otherwise as they register, their contact information will be made available to all during the conference.
The conference fee is € 15, payable in cash upon arrival.
Prior registration together with on-site fee payment also provides for lunch and dinner at the conference and for a copy of Father Patrick Desbois’s book The Holocaust by Bullets: A Priest’s Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Jews (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), or the Dutch version, Holocaust door kogels. Sporen en ooggetuigen van de massamoord in Oekraïne (Verbum, 2009).
The venue is Landgoed Huize Bergen, Glorieuxlaan 1, 5261 SG Vught, the Netherlands; http://www.huizebergen.nl/.
Vught is about 15 minutes from the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch), which in turn is a 70-minute train ride from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.
Although there are hotels in Vught, the conference hotel is Golden Tulip Hotel Central, at Burgemeester Loeffplein 98, 5211 RX ’s-Hertogenbosch; http://www.hotel-central.nl/nl/central.htm .
The conference is possible thanks to special funding from the Netherlands Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sports (VWS).
The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (http://www.chgs.nl) , located in Amsterdam, was founded in 2002 by the University of Amsterdam and the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation (http://www.niod.nl) , which is a part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The primary activities of the Center are scholarly research and university teaching, mainly through its interdisciplinary Master’s track in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, offered at the University of Amsterdam. The Center also aims to broaden society’s awareness of the phenomenon of genocide and mass violence through public debates and other activities.
ms. Monique van Kessel
1016 CJ Amsterdam Netherlands
Phone: 31-20-523 3850
Fax: 31-20-523 3888
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