Western's Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity will co-host a free virtual event, “60 Years Later: The Eichmann Trial in Media & Memory” on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 11 a.m.
The 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann is considered a landmark event in the post-Holocaust era. It shaped the international community's understanding of Nazi atrocities; it sparked debates and controversies on the viability of justice in the aftermath of genocide, and it ushered in a new awareness of the meaning and practice of witnessing. One of the most fascinating aspects of this historic trial was its notable representation in contemporary media coverage. From the start of the trial in April 1961 and until Eichmann's execution about 14 months later, newspapers, radio, and TV outlets throughout the world communicated the dramatic events that transpired in the Jerusalem court to international audiences.
Focusing on this aspect, the three presenters in this panel -- Amit Pinchevski (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Jeffrey Shandler (Rutgers University), and Kerstin Steitz (Old Dominion University) -- will analyze the particular effects of the trial's media presence in the United States, in Israel, and in Germany. Through their respective fields of expertise, they will discuss the public discourse that emerged in the three countries in response to the coverage, as well as the long-term impact that it had on the memory and interpretation of the trial.
This event is presented by the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota and the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity at Western Washington University, and co-sponsored by the Center for German & European Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Minnesota. More information is available on the Wolpow Institute website and on the Facebook event site.
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Zoom Registration: z.umn.edu/60years