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Bystanders, Rescuers or Perpetrators? The Neutrals and the Shoah-Facts, Myths and Counter Myths Conference in Madrid, Spain

Bystanders, Rescuers or Perpetrators? The Neutrals and the Shoah-Facts, Myths and Counter Myths Conference in Madrid, Spain

The international conference will be held at Centro Sefarad-Israel in Madrid, Spain on November 24 and 26 and will aim at addressing the following issues: The neutral countries' reactions to Nazi anti-Jewish policies and their own policies on Jewish refugees;Their response to the German ultimatum of 1943 to either repatriate Jews with citizenship from their respective countries who lived in Nazi-occupied Europe or to allow their deportation;The genesis and long-lasting effects of "rescue myths", the current state of the discussion regarding the neutral countries' positions during the Holocaust;The dealing with the history of the Jewish persecution in state fact-finding commissions and committees of historians;Approaches to Holocaust education in neutral countries.Holocaust public memory (ceremonies, memorials, museums) and memory politics in neutral countries.



The conference will aim at addressing the following issues:
CHGS director Alejandro Baer will introduce "The Politics of Rescue Myths. Lessons from Spain." on the panel "Rescue Myth, Public Debates, Historical Investigations."
This conference is supported by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and sponsored by Centro Sefarad Israel - Madrid; Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies- University of Minnesota; Mémorial de la Shoah - Paris; History Unit of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland - Berne; Topography of Terror Foundation - Berlin; Living History Forum - Stockholm; Memoshoá/Association for the Education and Remembrance of the Holocaust - Lisbon and Tarih Vakfı/History Foundation - Istanbul.
PROGRAMME CONFERENCE ON NEUTRALS - MADRID NOV 2014 - 1610.pdf