In Honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day
“A Search for Authenticity: Telling the Truth about the Holocaust through Tourism”
6:30 p.m. January 24, 2019
6:00 p.m. Reception
Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch
4801 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64112
MCHE will host Dr. Daniel Reynolds for a talk about Holocaust memory and memorialization. A recent study exposed an alarming lack of knowledge about the Holocaust among the American public. This knowledge deficit underscores the important role Holocaust museums and memorials play in educating their visitors about the Nazi genocide. But even memorials at places like Auschwitz or Dachau have struggled to get the facts straight in the course of the past 75 years. This talk explores how the historical record as presented at memorial sites has been corrected over time, how museums and memorials continue to respond to new knowledge, and how tourism has been both a beneficiary and a driving force behind those changes. In a world where Holocaust deniers can spread disinformation so easily through the Internet, record numbers of tourists to Holocaust memorials internationally represent a hopeful prospect for truth and accuracy.
Daniel Reynolds is Seth Richards Professor in Modern Languages, and has taught in the in the German Department at Grinnell since 1998. He is the author of Postcards from Auschwitz: Holocaust Tourism and the Meaning of Remembrance, which recently appeared with New York University Press. His other publications include articles on German literature and culture from the 20th Century to the present, with special interests in Holocaust studies, memory studies, tourism studies, and postcolonial German studies. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa.
Reservations can be made through the Kansas City Public Library.
In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the victims of the Nazi era and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.