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Yellow Star, Red Star: Holocaust Remembrance after Communism

March 11 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Jelena Subotic (Georgia State University)

Yellow Star, Red Star: Holocaust Remembrance after Communism

Yellow Star, Red Star asks why Holocaust memory continues to be so deeply troubled—ignored, appropriated,
and obfuscated—throughout Eastern Europe, even though it was in those lands that most of the extermination
campaign occurred. As part of accession to the European Union, Jelena Subotić shows, East European states
were required to adopt, participate in, and contribute to the established Western narrative of the Holocaust. This
requirement created anxiety and resentment in post-communist states: Holocaust memory replaced communist
terror as the dominant narrative in Eastern Europe, focusing instead on predominantly Jewish suffering in World
War II. Influencing the European Union’s own memory politics and legislation in the process, post-communist
states have attempted to reconcile these two memories by pursuing new strategies of Holocaust remembrance.
The memory, symbols, and imagery of the Holocaust have been appropriated to represent crimes of communism.

Sponsored by the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies at UC Berkeley.
ISEEES is a National Resource Center with funding from the US Department of Education under Title VI.
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March 11
5:15 pm - 7:00 pm


Berkeley Center for Jewish Studies


3335 Dwinelle Hall