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October 04, 2018
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US Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024

Material Culture and the Holocaust
Public Program
Scissors confiscated from prisoners upon their arrival at the Auschwitz concentration camp. <I>US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Państwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau</I>
Scissors confiscated from prisoners upon their arrival at the Auschwitz concentration camp. US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Państwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

How do the things we leave behind tell the story of a life? Material culture—the study of ordinary objects—is another way to study complex traumatic histories such as the Holocaust. Experts in the diverse fields of material culture and Holocaust studies will address the major developments in their research over the past 20 years; the ethical issues arising from the study, storage, and exhibition of traumatic material culture; and the application of material culture research and collecting methodologies to Holocaust studies.

Keynote Address

Caroline Sturdy Colls, Associate Professor, Forensic Archaeology and Genocide Investigation, and Director, Centre for Archaeology, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

Panel One: Opportunities and Challenges to the Study of Traumatic Material Culture

Panel Two: Conserving and Exhibiting Traumatic Material Culture

Panel Three: Digital Technologies and Material Culture

This program is made possible through support from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation. 

Jennifer Cashin

Please note that the Museum may be recording and photographing this event. By your presence you consent to the Museum's use of your image.

Joseph and Rebecca Meyeroff Annual Lecture
The Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Annual Lecture on the Holocaust was endowed by the Meyerhoff family in 1994 to honor excellence in research and foster dissemination of cutting-edge scholarly work in the field of Holocaust Studies.
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Confiscation of Jewish Property in Europe, 1933-1945
In March 2001, the Museum hosted a symposium where speakers examined the institutions charged with implementing confiscation policies, the manner in which Jewish assets were seized, and the perspectives of those whose property was confiscated.
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The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
The Mandel Center supports scholarship and publications in the field, promotes the growth of Holocaust studies at American universities, fosters strong relationships between American and international scholars, and initiates programs to ensure the ongoing training of future generations of scholars.
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