Panel debate – House of European History – Tuesday 30th January – 6 PM
- Steven Luckert, curator, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, U.S.A
- Dariusz Stola, director, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, Poland
- Veerle Vanden Daelen, deputy general director and curator, Memorial, Museum and Documentation Centre on Holocaust and Human Rights Kazerne Dossin, Mechelen, Belgium
- Andrea Mork, head curator, House of European History, Brussels, Belgium
Moderator: Nico Wouters, Center for War and Contemporary Society (CegeSoma – State Archives), Belgium.
Languages: English (interpretation in French and Dutch)
Close to the date of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, this event brings together distinguished representatives of four history museums in Europe and the United States that deal with the Shoah each with their own approach. Whether the history of the Shoah is at the core of the museum’s narrative, or part of a broader story, or whether it is presented in a national context or told from a transnational perspective, the curatorial and interpretative choices can be quite different from one museum to another, and yet they all share similar responsibilities and challenges.
The panelists will explore questions such as:
What is the role of a history museum in documenting, preserving the memory and teaching about the genocide of the European Jews? All four museums assert their aim to draw on the historical account of what is arguably the main negative reference point of European self-consciousness, to inspire a reflection on contemporary issues and foster mutual understanding among people. How do museums deal with such sensitive history in a way that is both relevant for today and that encourages authentic learning for the visitor?
How do museums deal with such sensitive history in a way that is relevant for today and that encourages authentic engagement and learning for the visitors?