Home>histoPOD>Vol. 3: Commemorating the Holocaust: Australia

In our histoPOD podcast we speak to international experts to learn how the Holocaust is remembered in different countries.

As the country is located in the southern hemisphere, Holocaust remembrance is a little different in Australia than it is in Europe or the USA. International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January is commemorated, but because of the summer holidays in January Holocaust Memorial Week takes place in May. Many Holocaust survivors came to Australia after the Second World War. In this edition we speak to Avril Alba of Sydney University, tracing how the country changed as a result and how commemoration of the Holocaust influences how Australia is engaging with its own history.

Intro: Kevin MacLeod, Sincerely, CC BY 4.0

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Avril Alba, Australia

is Senior Lecturer in Holocaust Studies and Jewish Civilisation in the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney. She teaches and researches in the broad areas of Holocaust and modern Jewish history with a focus on Jewish and Holocaust museums. Her monograph, The Holocaust Memorial Museum: Sacred Secular Space, was published in 2015. From 2002 to 2011 Avril was the Education Director at the Sydney Jewish Museum, where she also served as the Project Director/Curator for the permanent exhibitions ‘Culture and Continuity’ (2009), ‘The Holocaust’ (2017), and ‘The Holocaust and Human Rights’(2018). She is currently working on an ARC Discovery project, ‘The Memory of the Holocaust in Australia’.

Annika Brockschmidt, Germany

is a freelance journalist and historian living in Berlin. She studied History and German literature in Heidelberg, before going on to study War and Conflict Studies, specialising in Genocide Studies in Potsdam. Work as a freelance journalist has led her to write for the Tagesspiegel, Zeit Geschichte and Zeit Online. Annika currently works as a freelance political journalist for the ZDF Hauptstadtstudio. Podcast production has been a passion of hers for many years and she has created successful podcasts such as “Science Pie”, which resulted in her co-authoring a non-fiction book on natural sciences and humanities at Rowohlt.