AmCon2017 Speakers

Keynote Speakers

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Professor Tim Cole

Tim Cole is Professor of Social History at the University of Bristol and is widely regarded as Britain’s leading historian of the Holocaust. Tim has written extensively on the geography of the Holocaust, most recently in his highly acclaimed book, Holocaust Landscapes, which draws on survivor testimonies to explore the diverse range of often little known environments in which the Holocaust was perpetrated and experienced.

Tim’s other works have included a number of studies of the Holocaust in Hungary and of the ways in which the Holocaust has been remembered and represented in the post-war period.

His extensive research interests have also extended beyond the Holocaust to include environmental history, and he is currently working on a book which explores social, cultural, landscape and environmental change in post-war Britain.

Tim spoke at this year’s Ambassador Conference on the landscapes of the Holocaust, going beyond Auschwitz to explore the many environments in which the Holocaust took place, including ghettos, trains, camps and forests.

Rob Rinder in conversation with Harry Spiro, Holocaust survivor

Harry was born in 1929 in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland. He survived slave labour in the Piotrków Ghetto and Buchenwald concentration camp, but lost the rest of his family in the Holocaust. He was eventually liberated at Theresienstadt, following a death march. Harry regularly shares his testimony with students. Rob’s late Grandfather, Moishe, was also born in Poland and survived the Nazi death camps but lost his parents, brother and three sisters. Harry Spiro and Moishe were both among 732 young survivors, known as ‘The Boys’, who were offered a home in the UK, arriving in Windermere on August 15, 1945.

Laura Pradelska

Laura’s grandparents survived the Holocaust. At the Ambassador Conference Laura talked about her grandmothers’ experiences and reflecting on the important role that young people play in ensuring we learn from the past, and stand up to antisemitism, racism and prejudice today.

 

Workshop hosts

This year's workshop hosts included:

Writer David Bolchover discussing the story of legendary football manager Béla Guttmann, who after surviving the Holocaust, led Benfica to two European Cup wins in the 1960s.

Dr Gilly Carr of the University of Cambridge, drawing on her fascinating archaeological work at former Nazi labour camps in the Channel Islands to examine the significance of artefacts to our understanding and memory of the Holocaust.

Britain's leading authority on Holocaust literature, Professor Robert Eaglestone of Royal Holloway, University of London exploring the diverse ways in which writers have responded to the Holocaust.

Author Wendy Holden discussing the incredible history behind her best-selling book Born Survivors, which tells the remarkable story of three babies born in the most unimaginable of circumstances during the Holocaust.

Professor Rainer Schulze of the University of Essex challenging the ignorance and misconceptions which surround the Nazi genocide of the Sinti and Roma.

Dr Zoë Waxman of the University of Oxford discussing her pioneering work on women's experiences in the Holocaust, including the role that their gender played in their fate.

Dr Dominic Williams of the University of Leeds outlining the fascinating results of his groundbreaking research on the manuscripts written and buried next to the gas chambers by the members of the Sonderkommando in Auschwitz-Birkenau.

HET Education Officer Martin Winstone questioning the myths surrounding 'bystander' behaviour during the Holocaust to show how ordinary people were confronted by and reacted to the Holocaust.