We kindly invite you to take part in the Eight International conference “Holocaust Lessons and Contemporary Russia” marking 75 years after the Kristallnacht. The title of this year’s conference is “Kristallnacht: History, Memorialization, Lessons” and it will be held in Kaliningrad November 14-17, 2013.
Co-organizers of the Conference: Russian Research and Educational Holocaust Center, Russian State University for Humanities, Institute of Russian History in the Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of General History in the Russian Academy of Sciences, Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (Russia), Institute of Contemporary History (Munich), Simon Wiesenthal Center - Europe.
Participating institutions: Mémorial de la Shoah, Rikkyo University (Japan), Verbe et Lumière-Vigilance.
The Conference will focus on new research along the following lines:
1. Kristallnacht: history, historiography, lessons. This topic will be explored in the context of its occurrence in Königsberg, the only place in contemporary Russia where Kristallnacht occurred.
2. Rescue of Jews and aid rendered to them by individuals, institutions, and states. This topic is connected but not limited to the Evian conference and may be more broadly defined as the attempts to rescue Jews during the Holocaust. The discussion will also note the fact that Chiune Sugihara was a Japanese Consul in Königsberg.
3. Jewish community of Königsberg before and after the Kristallnacht.
4. Preservation of historical memory of the Holocaust: teaching, searching for names of victims and rescuers, conducting memorial events.
A seminar for teachers from Russia, CIS, and Baltic states will be conducted within the framework of the conference.
The conference will take place at Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (Kaliningrad, Nevski St. 14).
The conference participants will visit Holocaust memorial sites in Kaliningrad and in the locality of Yantarnoe.
The conference languages will be Russian and English with simultaneous translation.
The sessions will include presentations (up to 15 min), as well as ensuing discussions and round tables.
All application materials must be submitted in English or Russian and received by the Center no later than April 15, 2013. The application consists of:
An abstract proposal (no more than 2 pages),
Short academic biography (15-20 lines).
The application materials should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also send a copy of your application to email@example.com and state in the subject line “Kaliningrad, 2013”.
Participants will be selected by the organizing committee and notified by July 1, 2013.
A copy of the lecture either in English or in Russian must be received by the Center no later than September 1, 2013.
The Center will reimburse participants from CIS-countries and Baltic states for their travel (economy-class air / train tickets between Kaliningrad and their places of residence), accommodation, and meals during the conference.
More details on the application process and the conference are available on the website of the Russian Holocaust Center. Please direct your inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 7-495-9533362 (Dr. Kiril Feferman).