This new format will introduce you to several thematic focuses by looking back and thinking forward. 

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Vol. 6: Commemorating the Holocaust: Hungary

Hungary and National Socialist Germany were closely linked by economic treaties in the pre-war period. Even before the outbreak of World War II, Hungary had anti-Jewish legislation. With the outbreak of the war, the country initially tried to maintain its neutrality, but in November 1940 it joined the Tripartite Pact between Germany, Italy and Japan.

What does the culture of remembrance of the Holocaust look like in Hungary today? How has it developed? What situation do scholars in Hungary find themselves in? What role did the country play in World War II? In this episode of histoPOD, Annika Brockschmidt talks with Professor Andrea Petö. 

Intro: Kevin MacLeod, Sincerely, CC BY 4.0

Andrea Pető

is a historian and a Professor at the Department of Gender Studies at Central European University, Vienna, Austria, a Research Affiliate of the CEU Democracy Institute, Budapest, and a Doctor of Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Her works on gender, politics, Holocaust, and war have been translated into 23 languages. In 2018 she was awarded the 2018 All European Academies (ALLEA) Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values. She is Doctor Honoris Causa of Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden. Recent publications include: The Women of the Arrow Cross Party. Invisible Hungarian Perpetrators in the Second World War. Palgrave, Macmillan, 2020. And Forgotten Massacre: Budapest 1944. DeGruyter, 2021. She writes op-ed pieces for many international and national media.

Vol. 5: Commemorating the Holocaust: Poland

The invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany on September 1, 1939 marked the beginning of World War II. The Jews were immediately completely disenfranchised by the German occupiers and crowded into numerous ghettos. The complete extermination of the Jewish population in Europe planned by the Nazis was almost achieved through the system of concentration and extermination camps established mainly in occupied Poland by Nazi Germany. 

In this episode of histoPOD, Dariusz Stola talks to Annika Brockschmidt about what this means for the Polish culture of remembrance of the Holocaust, how it has developed over the time and what it looks like today.

Intro: Kevin MacLeod, Sincerely, CC BY 4.0

Dariusz Stola , Poland

is a historian, professor at the Institute for Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences. He has researched political and social history of Poland in the 20th century, Polish-Jewish relations and the Holocaust, international migrations and the history of the communist regime. On these topics he has authored six books and more than hundred articles. In 2014-2019 he was the director of the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

Vol. 4: Commemorating the Holocaust: Argentina

Argentina is a founding member and the only Latin American member of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), which was founded in 1998. Argentina is also the only Latin American country that has a museum dedicated to the history of the Holocaust. The country was neutral during the Second World War, but has a historical connection with the Holocaust, whose memory in Argentina is also linked to the memory of the time of the military dictatorship in the country. Our interview guest in this episode is Jonathan Karszenbaum, who is the executive director of the Holocaust Museum in Buenos Aires.

Intro: Kevin MacLeod, Sincerely, CC BY 4.0

Jonathan Karszenbaum , Argentina

is the executive director of the Holocaust Museum in Buenos Aires since 2016. He was one of the directors of the renovation project of the new museum and its modern exhibition inaugurated in December 2019. He has led various educational projects on the Shoah and given courses and lectures. Between 2009 and 2015 he directed two associations of Holocaust survivors and families, Shoah Generations and Sherit Hapleita. He has a degree in political science from the University of Buenos Aires (2007) and teaches Jewish history at ORT High School. He is a Yad Vashem scholar of the programs for educators (2010) and Morei Morim (2012).

Vol. 3: Commemorating the Holocaust: Australia

Holocaust commemoration in Australia differs from the memorial cultures in the USA and Europe, says our guest in this episode of histoPOD. You can find out why this is so, who laid the basis for Holocaust commemoration in Australia and how it has affected the country’s way of dealing with its own past in the third episode of histoPOD. Annika Brockschmidt talks with Dr Avril Alba, who is Senior Lecturer in Holocaust Studies and Jewish Civilisation in the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney.

Intro: Kevin MacLeod, Sincerely, CC BY 4.0

Dr Avril Alba, Australia

is Senior Lecturer in Holocaust Studies and Jewish Civilisation in the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney. She teaches and researches in the broad areas of Holocaust and modern Jewish history with a focus on Jewish and Holocaust museums. Her monograph, The Holocaust Memorial Museum: Sacred Secular Space, was published in 2015. From 2002 to 2011 Avril was the Education Director at the Sydney Jewish Museum, where she also served as the Project Director/Curator for the permanent exhibitions ‘Culture and Continuity’ (2009), ‘The Holocaust’ (2017), and ‘The Holocaust and Human Rights’(2018). She is currently working on an ARC Discovery project, ‘The Memory of the Holocaust in Australia’.

Vol. 2: Commemorating the Holocaust: Japan

Japan concluded the “Anti-Comintern Pact” with the German Reich in November 1936. In it, the two states agreed to fight the “Communist International” (Comintern), and other states joined in the following years. The memory of the Second World War in Japan is often shaped by the commemoration of the last year of the war with the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and from a perspective of victimhood. 
In the second episode of histoPOD journalist Annika Brockschmidt talks with Fumiko Ishioka, the director of the Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center, about how the Holocaust is remembered, why the memory of World War II is multi-layered, how it has changed in recent years and why there is no single narrative in Japan.

Intro: Kevin MacLeod, Sincerely, CC BY 4.0

Fumiko Ishioka, Japan

is the director of the Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center (Kokoro), a non-profit educational organization, since 1998. It aims at helping learners become responsible and active global citizens who value human dignity for all and reject discrimination and prejudice. A protagonist of the award-winning children's book and the documentary film Hana's Suitcase, she received an Honorary Ph.D in Education from York University in Canada in 2006 and Distinguished Service Award from University of Washington, USA in 2016. She has given workshops at over 1,200 schools, lead annual study tours to Europe, and lectures at Aichi University of Education

Vol. 1: Commemorating the Holocaust: Israel

Listen to the first episode of our new Podcast format with histoCON experts!

The end of the war in Europe in May 1945 caused the collapse of the Nazi regime and revealed the full extent of the Holocaust and its crimes against humanity to the world. In this podcast series, we want to shed light on the cultures of remembrance in different countries. How has the culture of remembrance developed over the course of time? How is the Holocaust commemorated today? And how might it change in the future?

The podcast starts with a conversation between journalist Annika Brockschmidt and Yael Granot-Bein about the remembrance of the Holocaust in Israel and her work at the Weiss-Livnat Innovation Hub for Holocaust Education at the University of Haifa.

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Dr Yael Granot-Bein, Israel

is the director of the Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa, which hosts students from all over the world. In that framework, she established the Innovation Hub for Holocaust Commemoration and Education which aims to foster a culture of innovation and empower young people passionate  about the topic to create their own projects of remembrance. The first cohort of the hub which included seven young women from Germany, Holland, the U.K., Australia and Israel, have worked in the hub this past year and are now testing their proto-types in their home countries. 

histoPOD host Annika Brockschmidt, Germany

Annika Brockschmidt, Germany

is a freelance journalist and historian living in Berlin. She studied History and German literature in Heidelberg, before going on to study War and Conflict Studies, specialising in Genocide Studies in Potsdam. Work as a freelance journalist has led her to write for the Tagesspiegel, Zeit Geschichte and Zeit Online. Annika currently works as a freelance political journalist for the ZDF Hauptstadtstudio. Podcast production has been a passion of hers for many years and she has created successful podcasts such as “Science Pie”, which resulted in her co-authoring a non-fiction book on natural sciences and humanities at Rowohlt.