Remembering the Holocaust: Empathy and Historical Memory

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 | Posted in Your Library in Action by Eileen M. Thornton | 1 Comment »

In late 2012, the USF Libraries Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center welcomed scholar Rachel Baum for the first in a series of Jack Chester Foundation Symposia in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. The symposia and related educational programming were made possible by a grant from the Foundation.

Dr. Rachel Baum leads Florida educators in a workshop on teaching empathy in the classroom

Dr. Rachel Baum leads Florida educators in a workshop on teaching empathy in the classroom

Dr. Baum, a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin, led two events during her visit. The first was an interactive workshop for educators, which focused on teaching the holocaust with empathetic perspectives in the classroom. Baum also gave a public lecture in the evening, focusing on subsequent generations’ ways of remembering the Holocaust. The talk added a layer of nuance to how we consider historical memory, suggesting that stories told out of context, in a museum, may not resonate as well as in-situ or in-context historical reminders that tie struggles of the past to contemporary life.

Watch Dr. Rachel Baum's lecture now, online

Click to watch Dr. Rachel Baum’s lecture online

The USF Libraries Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center relates these experiences to current and future generations through first-hand oral history testimonials and meaningful programming. To make your contribution to understanding, scholarship, and public policy contact the USF Libraries Development office here or by calling (813) 974-4433 .


One Response to “Remembering the Holocaust: Empathy and Historical Memory”

  1. Thomas Gruen says:

    The abovementioned information reminded me of a particular similar situation during a guest lecture by James E. Young on October 17th, 2001 at West Virginia University.

    The lecture was titled “Memory, counter-memory, and the end of the holocaust monument” which was supplemented in details by his book entitled “At memory’s edge. After-images of the holocaust in contemporary art and architecture” published by Yale University Press, 2000.

    This subject is personal for me as my parents were fortunate to have left Austria after Krystallnacht but had to suffer in primitive conditions for six years in Bolivia, which is where I was born. We continue to share our discussions on this historical “phenomenon” and we, in our own ways, are concern about the current and future generations perceptions as the number of survivors are almost diminishing (including my mother who, with G-d’s help will continue to celebrate her (101st) birthday in one week!

    Let’s keep reminding everyone to never repeat any of the atrocities of the Holocaust and its impact on international history.

    Sincerely, Tom

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