Symposium "Holocaust Commemoration in the Latvian and International Context"



July 3rd, 2015



Holocaust Commemoration in the Latvian and International context


Riga, Skolas str. 6

Riga Jewish Community and Museum “Jews in Latvia”


9:00 – registration and welcome coffee


9:30 – opening of the symposium


Session I


Iļja Ļenskis (Museum “Jews in Latvia”)

Holocaust Commemoration in Latvia in the Course of Time


Kaspars Zellis (LU Institute of Philosophy and Sociology)

Nazi Genocide in Social Memory of Latvian Romas


Olga Aļeksejeva (LU Center for Judaic Studies)

Presentation of the Database “Holocaust Memorial Sites in Latvia”


11:15 – coffee break


11:30 – transfer to the Holocaust victims memorial at Gogoļa street


12:00 – Annual ceremony for the Day of Commemorations of Victims of Genocide Against the Jewish People with the participation of state dignitaries


14:00 – Unveiling of the exhibition “Holocaust Commemoration in Latvia in the Course of Time” at the Museum “Jews in Latvia”


15:30 – 17:30


Session II


Aharon Sheyer (Yad-Vashem Institute, Israel)

The Memory about Holocaust and the Struggle of Latvian Jews for National Dignity (1970s-1980s)


Arkadi Zeltser (Yad-Vashem Institute, Israel)

Soviet Jewish Commemoration of the Holocaust: Places for Yortsayt


Geoges Bensoussan (Memorial de la Shoah, France)

Why Europe Remembers and Commemorates the Holocaust ?


Vesna Teršelič (Documenta – Center for Dealing with the Past, Croatia)

Commemorating the Victims of 1990s Balkan Wars




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