ANN: The Practice of Restitution and Reparations and the Historiography of the Holocaust: An Entangled History?

Yad Vashem, Jerusalem; The Eli and Diana Zborowski Center for the Study
of the Aftermath of the Holocaust; Prof. Dr. Regula Ludi, University of
Zurich, University of Fribourg; Prof. Dr. Daniel Siemens, Newcastle University

09.09.2019-11.09.2019, Jerusalem, Yad Vashem. The International
Institute for Holocaust Research
Deadline: 31.07.2019

It is well established that international criminal trials were essential to the historiography of Nazi crimes. By making source material available and framing the representation of Nazi atrocities they contributed to the knowledge, the rising public awareness and shifting scholarly interpretations of the Holocaust. At the same time, the role of historians acting as expert witnesses in such trials has been the subject of heated debates for a number of decades.

Still largely underexplored, however, is the relationship between the practice of restitution and reparations for Nazi victims and the historiography of Nazi crimes. Much less in the public eye than criminal trials, restorative justice mechanisms long failed to attract scholarly attention. As a consequence, the voices of claimants and the work of central agencies participating in restitution practices such as the International Tracing Service, victims’ associations, legal assistance organizations, and other private actors have been only dealt with in passing.

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