24th Workshop on the History and Memory of National Socialist Camps and Extermination Sites
“From Centre to Periphery and Beyond”
19-25 October 2020
Deadline for applications: 31 October 2019
History and concept of the workshop
The Workshop on the History and Memory of National Socialist Camps and Killing Sites has been held annually since 1994. The international conference, entirely self-organized by young scholars, provides an interdisciplinary and collegial forum for academic exchange on the history and memory of National Socialist camps and sites of mass murder, the Second World War, and the Holocaust. The idea of the workshop is to create a forum for interdisciplinary and international exchange between graduate students, PhD candidates, young scholars and freelancers, and to give them the possibility to present and discuss their work in a non-hierarchical, supportive atmosphere. Accordingly, young and emerging scholars contribute to the workshop in three ways: as speakers, as participants and as members of the organizing team.
The 24th workshop
Every workshop is organized in a different location connected to its respective topic. The next workshop will take place in Salzburg, Austria (19-25 October 2020). We will focus, in part, on local NS history and memorial sites, which are paradigmatic of the topic of the workshop – From Centre to Periphery and Beyond.
Prior to the Second World War, the Jewish community in Salzburg was subject to stigmatization, persecution and displacement for hundreds of years. Following the so-called Anschluss of Austria in March 1938, the discrimination reached a new high. Salzburg Jews who had the possibility to emigrate, left behind their property and tried to build new liveselsewhere; a few went into hiding; while others were protected by their non-Jewish spouses. The majority of those who stayed behind, however, were forced to move to Vienna and finally deported to NS camps.
The city of Salzburg was situated between the Dachau and Mauthausen concentration camps – infamous sites that today are of central importance to the historical, sociological, and political study of National Socialist camps. From these two main camps, a characteristic net of subcamps extended over the region – with one camp in … READ MORE