On 22 April 1945, as the forces of Josip Tito's Partisan Resistance Movement approached the Jasenovac concentration camp, hundreds of prisoners held there rose up against the Ustaša camp guards and risked everything to escape. Dozens were able to flee successfully, but the vast majority were killed. In their honor, the Center for the Promotion of Tolerance and Holocaust Remembrance will hold a seminar on how the Holocaust and suffering are dealt with in cultural and creative media.
The seminar, to be held via Zoom on 27 April 2022 in Croatian, marks the second in a series of educational seminars entitled “Anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and Suffering: Past in the Present.” The series encourages educationally-sound techniques in the teaching of the Holocaust and works against the distortion of this history in a variety of fields, including in schools and universities, the cultural sector, and the media.
Seminar looks at the Holocaust and suffering in art
The upcoming seminar will provide insight into the achievements, results, successes and limitations of dealing with the Holocaust and suffering in European and Croatian film, theater, literature, music and fine art.
It will feature lectures followed by discussions on:
- Film propaganda in the cinematography of Nazi Germany and the Independent State of Croatia: The infamous case of the film “Jewish Süss” (Daniel Rafaelić, film historian and film critic)
- The Zagreb Theater as the central place of the cultural revolution in the Independent State of Croatia (Snježana Banović, PhD, theater director, writer and professor at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb)
- The Holocaust and Suffering in World Literature: From the analysis of the work of Imre Kertész to the testimonies of contemporary writers (Gábor T. Szántó, Hungarian novelist, essayist and editor-in-chief of Szombat, a Jewish political and cultural monthly)
- The Holocaust and Suffering in the Fine and Visual Arts (Barbara Vujanović, PhD, art historian, senior curator of Atelier Meštrović, Zagreb)
- The Holocaust and music (Tonči Bilić, conductor, president of the Croatian Music Youth)
Registration for the seminar is now open. Those interested can register here.