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The Nazi Genocide of the Roma: the ethical challenges of survivor engagement

12:00pm - 1:30pm / Tuesday 29th November 2022
Type: Seminar / Category: Research / Series: Modern Languages Seminar Series
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Esther Bernsen (Am’Cha, Berlin): Multigenerational legacies of Holocaust trauma from a psychological perspective
Katy Hooper (University of Liverpool Special Collections): ‘Gypsy’ collections and the de-colonising project

The University of Liverpool Library has a substantial collection of material on Romani life and culture, collected by academics and enthusiasts since the late nineteenth century under the aegis of the Liverpool-based Gypsy Lore Society. Among the holdings is a set of photographs of German Sinti from the 1930s, reflecting their lives on the threshold of the Nazi genocide. Some of these photographs have circulated widely in the context of accounts of the genocide, most recently as part of a large travelling exhibition organised by Eve Rosenhaft (HLC/LCF) and Jana Müller (Alternatives Jugendzentrum Dessau). In the context of the wider project of de-colonising historical research and museum and archive collections, the use of these photographs raises important ethical questions. This event explores these issues from the perspective of the families of the genocide victims who are the subjects of the photos and from that of the University Library.