Daniel Reynolds- “A Search for Authenticity: Telling the Truth about the Holocaust through Tourism”
January 24, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pmFree
6:30 p.m. January 24, 2019
6:00 p.m. Reception
In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 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.