This years Holocaust Awareness Week will take place between 4th and 10th February and will feature a number of guest lectures – on the theme ‘Refugees, Migration, Integration’ – hosted by the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
As a history student who specialises in modern European history, these lectures are of particular interest as they focus on key issues that have dominated the academic scholarship. For those of you reading who are history students yourselves, I would highly recommend going along to at least one of these lectures – listening to others can help you examine and analyse events from different perspectives, and greatly enriches your knowledge.
But these lectures are not just for students of history, in fact they are open to all members of the public and are free of charge to attend. It is important to remember that a lot of the issues that will be discussed are not just relevant in a historical context – they are also very relevant to contemporary events!
For example, Dr Sarah Hackett of Bath Spa University will be giving a lecture entitled ‘Muslim Integration in Post-1945 Britain & Germany: Historical Perspectives, Contemporary Considerations’. It is clear that these discussions can not only give us an insight into the past, but also into the social and political contexts of our own period.
It is of course also incredibly important to acknowledge the atrocities that have been committed in our past. Discussing these events is invaluable in making sure that their significance, and the lessons that they can teach us, are widely understood.
So whatever reason might appeal to you most, I would urge you to play your part in Holocaust Awareness Week. If you would like any further information on the lecture series, please contact Dr. Paul Moore – firstname.lastname@example.org