Virtual Panel: On the Trail of the Death Marches
As part of the Death Marches: Evidence and Memory exhibition events series, we were pleased to host a virtual panel of speakers who discussed the sources and new research methods that have uncovered different aspects of the history of the death marches and the end of the Second World War. What sources do scholars use to recover and narrate this difficult past? Which forms do those narrations take?
Speakers discuss new digital humanities and mapping methodologies, the use of oral histories and testimonies, and other sources key to uncovering new insight into the end of the Holocaust.
About the Speakers
Dr Henning Borggräfe, born 1981, is a historian and, since 2017, Head of Research and Education at the Arolsen Archives – International Center on Nazi Persecution. He earned his PhD in History in 2012 from Ruhr-University Bochum. Before he came to Arolsen in 2014, he worked as a Research Associate at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in Essen. He has published on Nationalism, Nazi Germany, the History of Sociology, and Germany’s dealing with the Nazi past, including the books Zwangsarbeiterentschädigung. Vom Streit um “vergessene Opfer” zur Selbstaussöhnung der Deutschen (2014, author), A Paper Monument: The History of the Arolsen Archives (2019, co-editor) and Tracing and Documenting Nazi Victims Past and Present (2020, co-editor).
Dr Simone Gigliotti teaches Holocaust Studies in the Department of History at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she is also Deputy Director of the Holocaust Research Institute and affiliated with the Centre for the Geo-Humanities and the Centre for Oratory and Rhetoric. Her publications include The Train Journey: Transit, Captivity and Witnessing in the Holocaust (2009) and the co-edited collection, The Wiley Companion to the Holocaust (2020). Dr Gigliotti has active interests in spatial histories and narratives of displacement, deportation, and maritime movement during and after the Holocaust. Her collaborative work with Marc Masurovsky and Erik Steiner on death marches focused on the evacuations of women inmates from the Rajsko subcamp at Auschwitz during January 1945 and was published as “From the Camp to the Road: Representing the Evacuations from Auschwitz, January 1945” in the edited collection Geographies of the Holocaust (2014). She further explored constructions of embodied time and sensory witnessing during death marches and deportations in the chapter “A Mobile Holocaust? Rethinking Testimony with Cultural Geography” which was published in the edited collection Hitler’s Geographies (2016).
Ms Yona Kobo is Online Exhibitions Digital Curator, Researcher and Co-ordinator in the Digital Department, Media Division at Yad Vashem, where she also gives lectures and guided tours. She holds both an MA and BA from Tel Aviv University. Ms Kobo has curated digital exhibitions such as ‘My Lost Childhood’, ‘The Onset of Mass Murder: The Fate of Jewish Families in 1941’ and ‘The Death March to Volary’. She has also written numerous blogs for Yad Vashem and The Times of Israel.
Dr Alexander von Lünen is Senior Lecturer in Modern German History (with Digital Humanities) at the University of Huddersfield. He holds a degree in Computer Science and a doctorate in history, both from the Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany). His historical work focuses on science, technology and medicine in Nazi Germany, particularly in the context of medical research in the Wehrmacht. He was technical lead for the “Vision of Britain” website 2007—2012 at the University of Portsmouth (UK), a historical gazetteer holding census data, election data, historic gazetteer information and travel narratives from Britain 1801—2001; he is currently (since 2019) technical lead for the “Hansard@Huddersfield” project, which offers an improved search interface for the proceedings of the British parliament, 1804—2020. He is also Associate Editor of IJHAC: A Journal of Digital Humanities and is course leader for the new MA in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Huddersfield.
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