In the wake of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda, government officials, memory workers, and human rights activists have all deployed a litany of Holocaust references — from discussions of “Never Again” to allusions to Primo Levi’s “grey zone.” Drawing upon research conducted with testimonies from the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive, Charlotte Kiechel (Visiting Assistant Professor, Williams College) will illuminate the global uses of Holocaust memory by examining Rwandan governmental forces use of Holocaust references.
Dr. Charlotte Kiechel is a visiting assistant professor in the history department of Williams College. She earned her doctoral degree in history from Yale University. Her research and scholarship have been supported by institutions such as DAAD, the Max Kade Foundation, la Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Her first book project, The Politics of Comparison: Holocaust Memory and Visions of Third World Suffering, 1957-1970, is a global history of Holocaust memory and the European New Left. Based on sixteenth months of archival research, it is the first monograph to show how references to the Jewish genocide shaped European leftists’ understandings of – and political engagements for – the peoples and nation-states of the Third World.
Co-organized by USC Shoah Foundation and Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research.
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