Reflections on CEU Summer School featuring Fortunoff Archive in Budapest

By Stephen Naron - July 24, 2023

Last week students completed a two-week CEU Summer Course titled “Holocaust Testimonies and their Afterlives” at Central European University’s (CEU) campus in Budapest. It was organized under the umbrella of the Open Society University Network by four core faculty members from four different institutions: Éva KovácsWiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien (VWI)Michael L. MillerNationalism Studies and Jewish Studies Program at CEUStephen NaronFortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, and Avinoam PattDirector of the Center for Judaic Studies at UConn.

Students from 10 different countries participated in a two-week intensive program which investigated “the genealogy of the era of the witness, the emergence of Holocaust testimony as the model for eyewitness documentation of 20th and 21st-century atrocities, and its impact on efforts to record and represent subsequent human rights abuses and acts of mass violence.”

The course featured lectures by core faculty and public lectures and seminars by Carolyn J. Dean (Yale University), Laura Jockusch (Brandeis), and Noah Shenker (Colgate) and guest lectures by Hungarian scholars, filmmakers and experts such as Ildikó BarnaPéter ForgácsGergely KuntAndrea Szőnyi, and Zsuzsanna Toronyi. The complete program can be viewed here:

Holocaust Testimonies and their Afterlives

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