History, truth and memory: The challenge of Holocaust denial
What can universities and historians do?
Although no crime in history has been as well-documented as the systematic murder of European Jews by Nazi-Germany, Holocaust deniers contend that it never happened.
Disguised in the form of critical scholarship (“revisionism”), they propagate their “truth” unaffected by historical counter-evidence, claiming that the Holocaust is a gigantic hoax based on a Jewish conspiracy.
At a time when most of the eyewitnesses are gone, historical knowledge about the Second World War is diminishing, and right-wing propagandists are using the internet’s potential for reaching people at an unprecedented scale, Holocaust denial has become a challenge for democratic societies.
Meet history professor Sir Richard J. Evans (Cambridge), one of the leading modern historians of our time, who served as expert witness in the David Irving v Penguin books (UK) and Deborah Lipstadt trial.
Keynote: “History, Truth and Memory: Reflections on a Holocaust Denial libel action.”, Sir Richard J. Evans (Cambridge)
Moderator: Christhard Hoffmann, Professor of Modern European History, AHKR, UiB
Kjetil B. Simonsen, Historian, Jewish Museum, Oslo
Ingeborg Senneset, journalist, writer and board member of Norwegian PEN.
UiB Insightssen 3.