Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Campus Westend, IG 1.414
This paper examines the entangled histories of postcolonial conflict, Holocaust memory, and the concept of genocide, which was coined in 1944. Customarily treated in isolation, these three strands, I argue, were mutually constitutive at times and diverged at others. Various actors claimed genocide was taking place during secessionist conflicts in new states after the war. Others said they were merely civil wars. The Holocaust was routinely invoked as an amplifying analogy. The modalities and effects of these rhetorical bids for meaning shaped current understandings of the Holocaust and genocide.