International conference “Escalating into Holocaust”
International conference “Escalating into Holocaust” took place on Wednesday 22nd June 2016 in the Great Hall of the University of Niš.
The International Conference was opened by welcoming speeches of MA Dragan Gačić, Director of the Historical Archives of Belgrade and Mr Uroš Parlić, Director of the Tourist Organization of the city of Niš.
Dr Milan Koljanin, historian from the Institute for Contemporary History from Belgrade held an introductory lecture on Sajmište – Historical Background – Concentration Camp Sajmište.
Tijana Kovčić, archivist from Historical Archives of Belgrade presented the Archives’ work on the development of Sajmište camp victims database, with special attention on the victims who were brought from Niš to Sajmište camp. The presentation explained also the methodology of the research and processing of the archival material and difficulties that occurred during the database creation. Available statistical data on Sajmište victims were presented as well.
Nikola Radić Lucati from the Center for Holocaust Research and Education, co-author of the exhibition “October 1941”, presented to the audience the idea and content of the exhibition.
(Exhibition “October 1941” was opened in Niš on 15 September 2016 in the National Museum of Niš.)
Three one-hour panel discussions followed:
I Session introductory presentation:
THE HOLOCAUST IN SERBIA IN THE EUROPEAN CONTEXT –
Sanela Schmidt, historian, researcher in Editionsprojekt “Judenverfolgung 1933–1945”, Institut fur Zeitgeschichte Berlin, Germany;
Dr Milan Koljanin, historian, Institute for Contemporary history, Belgrade;
Aleksandar Dinčić, historian, National Museum Niš, Niš;
Nevena Bajalica, Terraforming Network/Anne frank House, Amsterdam;
II Session introductory presentation:
NATIONAL COMMEMORATION PRACTICES IN THE NETHERLANDS –
Niels Weitkamp, Senior Advisor for Education at the national Committee 4 and 5 May, Amsterdam, Netherlands;
Nebojša Ozimić, historian, curator and Assistant Director of the National Museum of Nis;
Nevena Bajalica, Terraforming/International Department of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam
Miško Stanišić, pedagogue, Creative Director of the Terraforming Network Stockholm-Amsterdam-Novi Sad
III Session introductory presentation:
HOLOCAUST AND ROMA GENOCIDE REMEMBRANCE IN FORMER SOVIET UNION –
Mykhail Tyaglyy, historian, Institute for Holocaust, Kiev, Ukraine;
Maja Suša, Department for Research, Archiving and Documentation of the Holocaust Fund and Holocaust Memorial Center in Macedonia;
Vera Kurtić, executive coordinator at Women’s Space, a citizen association of Nis;
Dr Milovan Pisarri, historian, Center for Holocaust Research and Education.