Building History: Legal Memory and Contemporary Judgements November 8-14, 1998 Ottawa Ethnic cleansing, hate literature, genocide, killing fields, and xenophobic nationalism are contemporary terms evoking echoes of the past. As the experiences of today elicit haunting images of previous atrocities, there is an urgent need to educate the public about what prejudice can and did lead to during the Shoah. The Kleinmann Family Foundation, and the Institute for International Affairs of B'nai Brith Canada in cooperation with the Holocaust Literature Research Institute of the University of Western Ontario, McGill University, and the Association of Holocaust Organizations, are organizing the third conference, Building History: Legal Memory, Contemporary Judgements in this prestigious series. The pilot conference, Building History: Holocaust In Education took place in Vienna, March 9-16, 1997. The second conference, Building History: Art, Memory, and Myth took place in Munich, November 9-14, 1997. Participants included academics, artists, educators, representatives of education ministries, and Holocaust organizations from Austria, Canada, Czech, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Slovakia, Switzerland, and the United States. These conferences resulted in two publications by The University of Western Ontario (London)and McGill University European Studies (Lang: New York). A resource centre in Vienna for dissemination of Shoah resource materials to eastern European countries subsequent to the conference was established. Building History: Legal Memory and Contemporary Judgements will focus on the the integration of the Shoah within North American culture and conscience. The challenges is in the representation and transmission of the events, dissociated by time and space. A two day component of this conference will be devoted to war crimes and human rights law with the goals of identifying the obstacles that have hindered Nazi war crimes investigations and domestic prosecutions and developing effective measures to prevent those obstacles from impeding future Nazi and modern day war crimes trials. War crimes investigators and prosecutors, legal scholars, government officials and educators will examine and assess the reasons for the failure of the international community to deal effectively with Nazi war criminals. Learning from the mistakes that have resulted in impunity for the perpetrators of the Shoah will inform us in cases of contemporary mass human rights violations. Suggested Workshops and Panels Web: Memory Site Borrowed Memory: North American Memorials Art and Memory: Art or Memory America's Appropriation of the Shoah Legal and Political Memory: Canada and War Criminals Post-Nuremberg Legal Responses to the Shoah: Cases in Applied Human Rights International Cooperation: Possibilities and Limitations The Future of War Crimes Prosecutions Prosecuting Nazi War Criminals: Why Continue Exhibit of survivors' art: Memory Vectors Distinguished participants include Irving Abella, Vicki Bennett, Melvin Charney, Robert Gellately, Phyllis Lambert, David Matas, and Sybil Milton. For further information and registration contact: Naomi Kramer Tel (514) 735-3663 Fax (514) 735-3663 E-mail KFF@total.net The conference will take place in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Affairs and the proceedings will be published by McGill European Studies (Lang: New York). Opening reception Sunday November 8, 5:50 P.M., National Art Gallery of Canada.
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