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Join us for a rountable discussion reflecting upon Holocaust memory and education practices during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Stephen D. Smith (Director of USC Shoah Foundation, California)
Heather Blumenthal (Director of the Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre)
Anna Hirsh (Senior Archivist, Jewish Holocaust Centre, Melbourne)
Louise Stafford (Director of Learning, National Holocaust Centre, UK)
2020 was the year in which many 75th anniversaries related to the Holocaust and the end of World War II were to be marked with commemorative events and education programmes. However, many of these were cancelled, happened with staff-only behind closed doors, or moved online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
As many countries around the world begin to consider plans to emerge from lockdown in the coming months, we are certainly looking towards a ‘new normal’. Whilst social distancing and other measures that will remain in place for some time present restrictions, such a moment also encourages us to reflect on the opportunities regarding how we might define the future of Holocaust education, memory and heritage practice, particularly in terms of the integration of digital technologies. In this roundtable event, our panel will consider what might this new normal look like for organisations dedicated to Holocaust memory and education, and what have we learnt from experiences working during these unprecedented times?