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“Explore the different histories!”

(Tali Nates)

Since 2007, learning about the Holocaust has been part of the South African curriculum. Many activists who fought against apartheid also dealt with the Holocaust. Nelson Mandela, for example, read Anne Frank’s diary during his 27-year imprisonment on Robben Island and said that the book taught him a lot about “the invincibility of human spirit”. How is the story of the Second World War and the Shoah connected to history? What do pupils in South Africa learn about the Holocaust today? Annika Brockschmidt talks about all this with Tali Nates, founder and director of the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre and chair of the South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation, in this episode of histoPOD.

Intro: Kevin MacLeod, Sincerely, CC BY 4.0

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Tali Nates, South Africa

Tali Nates is the founder and director of the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre and chair of the South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation. She is a historian who lectures internationally on Holocaust education, genocide prevention, reconciliation and human rights including at the United Nations (2016 & 2020). She published many articles and contributed chapters to different books, among them God, Faith & Identity from the Ashes: Reflections of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors (2015) and Remembering The Holocaust in Educational Settings (2018). Tali serves on the Academic Advisory Group of the School of Social and Health Sciences, Monash University (IIEMSA), South Africa. Tali’s father and uncle were Holocaust survivors saved by Oskar Schindler.

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.