Member of EHRI Work Package 17 (Standards and Guidelines) and 19 (Data Integration Infrastructure)
Developer at DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services), the Netherlands
My first involvement with EHRI was on standards and guidelines, and how to translate those into a datamodel. The first step of getting used to the terminology took a while, because although I work at a digital archive (DANS), I had never set foot in an actual archive or spent time with a card catalogue.
One of the most important outcomes of the EHRI project will be an online portal offering researchers and the interested public access to in-depth information on Holocaust related archives and documentation. The EHRI portal is the culmination of much of the research undertaken in EHRI, and after almost four years of intense work, it is now in the final stages of development. Reto Speck (KCL and NIOD) is co-ordinating the development of the EHRI portal; here he provides an overview of its aims and progress.
In the second week of the EHRI Summer School Amsterdam, Dr. Wendy Lower gave a lecture to the twelve trainees on "German Women and the Holocaust". She also joined them for an excursion and stayed to listen to the trainees’ presentations about their own research.
Dr. Wendy Lower is the John K. Roth Professor of History at Claremont McKenna College, USA and director of the Center for Human Rights at the Claremont Colleges. Lower’s latest book Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, was a finalist for the U.S. National Book Award and has been translated into many languages.
26-27 January 2015 at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom
The University of Leeds is pleased to announce that an international conference entitled Transnational Holocaust Memory will take place on 26-27 January 2015 at the University of Leeds. Recognising that Holocaust ‘memory’ (in the broadest sense) is increasingly shaped by transnational forces such as mass migration, global travel and tourism, economic globalization, digital media and the internet, this conference will explore the future of Holocaust memory in shifting international contexts.
The fourth EHRI Summer School in Holocaust Studies got off to a good start. The twelve trainees, that are from eleven different countries, were welcomed at NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, that is host to this EHRI Summer School. They immediately went on a tour of the NIOD and were introduced to the NIOD and EHRI. In the afternoon they had their first lectures, on the use of Holocaust pictures.
On June 2nd, the Shoah Memorial of Paris (Mémorial de la Shoah) successfully hosted one of the EHRI Regional Workshops under the title “From Dispersed and Fragmented Holocaust Sources to an Integrated European Research Infrastructure”. The main purpose for this workshop was to present the work of EHRI in France.
The Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung der TU Berlin, ZfA, together with the Centrum Modernes Griechenland, FU Berlin, CeMoG and the National Centre for Social Research Athen, EKKE, organise a conference on antisemitism in Greece, past and present trajectories.
University of Zaragoza, Spain, 6th to 8th May 2015
The 1990s brought with them a “memory boom” that has made memory a central concern in contemporary culture and politics at a global scale. Important contributing factors have been, among others, the debates surrounding False Memory Syndrome; developments in the academic fields of Holocaust Studies and Postcolonial Studies; the spread of public historical consciousness; and the evolving dynamics of reparation politics and justice.