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This event, a collaboration between The Wiener Holocaust Library, Yale University Press and The Institute of Historical Research (IHR), is being held to mark the IHR’s centenary year. 

Chaired by Dr Christine Schmidt, Deputy Director and Head of Research at the Library, the event will feature three Yale University Press authors, Rebecca Clifford (author of Survivors), James McAuley (author of The House of Fragile Things) and Dan Stone (author of The Liberation of the Camps). Each author will talk about the writing of their books to reflect on how the historiography of the Holocaust has changed and why the topic is more important now than ever. 

This will be followed by questions from the audience, who can attend virtually or in person.


About the speakers:

  • Rebecca Clifford is Professor of Transnational European History at the University of Durham. She is the author of Commemorating the Holocaust: The Dilemmas of Remembrance in France and Italy (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Survivors: Children’s Lives after the Holocaust (Yale University Press, 2020).
  • James McAuley is the Paris correspondent for The Washington Post and a contributor to the New York Review of Books. He recently received his doctorate in French history at Oxford University.
  • Dan Stone is Professor of Modern History and Director of the Holocaust Research Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is a historian of ideas who works primarily on twentieth-century European history. His forthcoming books include Fate Unknown: Tracing the Missing after the Holocaust (Oxford University Press, 2022) and The Holocaust: An Unfinished History (Penguin/Pelican, 2023).

Chaired by:

Christine Schmidt is Deputy Director and Head of Research at The Wiener Holocaust Library. Her research is focused on postwar search and collecting initiatives, the Nazi concentration camp system and comparative studies of collaboration and resistance in France and Hungary. She is currently writing a social history and archival biography of a collection of survivor accounts recorded by the Library and led by Eva Reichmann in the 1950s.


Event guidelines (If you are joining online):

  1. The Library will send you a Zoom link and joining instructions via email prior to the event. Please check your junk email folders.
  2. Please try and join 5 minutes before the event start time and we will let you into the room (do try and bear with us if this takes a few minutes).
  3. If you would like to ask a question during the event, please type your question into the chat function, and we will endeavour to answer as many questions as possible during the Q&A. Your webcam will not be seen during this event.
  4. The event will be recorded for the Library’s YouTube channel and will be shared at a later date.