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Simon Wiesenthal Lectures

 

The Simon Wiesenthal Lecture series has been held in collaboration with the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance (DÖW) and the Institute of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna since 2007, when the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) was still being established. As an important aspect of the task of education on recent academic insights in the fields of Holocaust research and genocide studies, the lecture series has developed into the VWI's education flagship.

 

The lectures take place every six to eight weeks, with renowned scholars presenting the most recent research insights on the Holocaust to a professional audience as well as a broader public. They showcase the impressive spectrum of this discipline, its numerous questions and issues ranging from empirical-analytical historiography to topics of cultural scholarship, and involve young scholars as well as established academics.

 

The Austrian State Archive as our co-operation partner has since June 2010 provided us with the perfect location for our lectures: the rooftop foyer of the “Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv” at Minoritenplatz in Vienna. This location at the rear façade of the Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria is symbolic of the reappraisal of the Holocaust in Austria: After all, this history had been marginalised for decades, just like its immediate historical antecedent, Austrian antisemitism, was cut out of history, its appraisal shoved aside for victims and their descendants to deal with. This has only changed in recent times. The Shoah has simultaneously been moving ever closer to the centre of Austrian historical awareness. It has slowly emerged from the repressed periphery and out of the realm of taboo and silence and into the focus of understanding of Austria’s most recent history. Thus, the Simon Wiesenthal Lectures are held at a place that represents the symbolic and real centre of the Republic and is at the same time also an instance of this turn in the Austrian perception of its own history.

 

 

Simon Wiesenthal Lecture
Isabell Trommer: Die zweite Karriere des Albert Speer
   

Thursday, 18. January 2018, 18:30 - 20:00

Dachfoyer des Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchivs 1010 Wien, Minoritenplatz 1

 

Mit der Entlassung Albert Speers aus dem Spandauer Kriegsverbrechergefängnis am 1. Oktober 1966 beginnt eine der erstaunlichsten Geschichten der Nachkriegszeit: Bis zu seinem Tod am 1. September 1981 war der einstige Architekt und Rüstungsminister Hitlers ein Entlastungszeuge in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und ein Zeitzeuge in der Welt. Seine Erinnerungen (1969) und seine Spandauer Tagebücher (1975) waren in den Medien und Buchhandlungen überragende Erfolge. Isabell Trommer untersucht die Wahrnehmung Speers in der deutschen Öffentlichkeit von den 1960er-Jahren bis in die Gegenwart. Im Mittelpunkt stehen dabei Rechtfertigungsdiskurse, die nicht nur den Umgang mit Speer selbst geprägt haben, sondern viel über das Verhältnis der Bundesrepublik zum Nationalsozialismus und die Grundzüge ihrer politischen Kultur verraten. Auch das Verhältnis zwischen Simon Wiesenthal und Albert Speer nimmt die Autorin dabei in den Blick.

Isabell Trommer ist Politikwissenschaftlerin und Lektorin. Ihr Buch Rechtfertigung und Entlastung. Albert Speer in der Bundesrepublik erschien 2016 in der Wissenschaftlichen Reihe des Frankfurter Fritz Bauer Instituts.

Moderation: Bertrand Perz, Universität Wien

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