Discussion on Perception of the Holocaust in Lithuania

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On Monday 23 September, 4 p.m., at the VMU Museum of S. and S. Lozoraičiai (K. Donelaičio Str. 58, ground floor), the university will organize a discussion entitled Perception of the Holocaust in Lithuania on Individual and Collective Level.

Recent decades have been fruitful in scholar research about the Holocaust in Lithuania, its scale, participation of local inhabitants in mass killings, etc. But it is evident that scholar research does not contribute to the society’s broader understanding and awareness of the Holocaust – what happened in Lithuania during the Nazi occupation period and, more importantly, how these events and their interpretations are affecting our emotional and psychological condition nowadays.

In the discussion, questions will be raised about the causes of such a situation, primarily focusing on individual and collective psychology and education. Does the Lithuanian society only need knowledge about the Holocaust, or do we need empathy as well? What happens to an individual and the society when traumatic and shocking knowledge in our consciousness is marginalized and blocked? How can we overcome these barriers on the level of individual and collective psychology in order to achieve a new level of understanding, when the acknowledgement of traumatic facts about the past is no longer a burden but rather a possibility to create a better understanding of ourselves and the society?

Participants of the discussion: David Solomons (UK, University of Bologna, Italy), Prof. Egidijus Aleksandravičius (VMU), Dr. Jolanta Mickutė (VMU), Dr. Linas Venclauskas (VMU).

Moderator: Prof. Šarūnas Liekis, Dean of VMU Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy.

Discussion is organized by VMU Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy, Sugihara Diplomats for Life Foundation, VMU Lithuanian Emigration Institute.

Discussion is sponsored by the British Embassy in Lithuania.

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