This new format will introduce you to several thematic focuses by looking back and thinking forward. 

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Vol. 3: Commemorating the Holocaust: Australia

Holocaust commemoration in Australia differs from the memorial cultures in the USA and Europe, says our guest in this episode of histoPOD. You can find out why this is so, who laid the basis for Holocaust commemoration in Australia and how it has affected the country’s way of dealing with its own past in the third episode of histoPOD. Annika Brockschmidt talks with Dr Avril Alba, who is Senior Lecturer in Holocaust Studies and Jewish Civilisation in the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney.

Intro: Kevin MacLeod, Sincerely, CC BY 4.0

Dr 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’.

Vol. 2: Commemorating the Holocaust: Japan

Japan concluded the “Anti-Comintern Pact” with the German Reich in November 1936. In it, the two states agreed to fight the “Communist International” (Comintern), and other states joined in the following years. The memory of the Second World War in Japan is often shaped by the commemoration of the last year of the war with the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and from a perspective of victimhood. 
In the second episode of histoPOD journalist Annika Brockschmidt talks with Fumiko Ishioka, the director of the Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center, about how the Holocaust is remembered, why the memory of World War II is multi-layered, how it has changed in recent years and why there is no single narrative in Japan.

Intro: Kevin MacLeod, Sincerely, CC BY 4.0

Fumiko Ishioka, Japan

is the director of the Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center (Kokoro), a non-profit educational organization, since 1998. It aims at helping learners become responsible and active global citizens who value human dignity for all and reject discrimination and prejudice. A protagonist of the award-winning children's book and the documentary film Hana's Suitcase, she received an Honorary Ph.D in Education from York University in Canada in 2006 and Distinguished Service Award from University of Washington, USA in 2016. She has given workshops at over 1,200 schools, lead annual study tours to Europe, and lectures at Aichi University of Education

Vol. 1: Commemorating the Holocaust: Israel

Listen to the first episode of our new Podcast format with histoCON experts!

The end of the war in Europe in May 1945 caused the collapse of the Nazi regime and revealed the full extent of the Holocaust and its crimes against humanity to the world. In this podcast series, we want to shed light on the cultures of remembrance in different countries. How has the culture of remembrance developed over the course of time? How is the Holocaust commemorated today? And how might it change in the future?

The podcast starts with a conversation between journalist Annika Brockschmidt and Yael Granot-Bein about the remembrance of the Holocaust in Israel and her work at the Weiss-Livnat Innovation Hub for Holocaust Education at the University of Haifa.

Intro: Kevin MacLeod, Sincerely, CC BY 4.0

Dr Yael Granot-Bein, Israel

is the director of the Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa, which hosts students from all over the world. In that framework, she established the Innovation Hub for Holocaust Commemoration and Education which aims to foster a culture of innovation and empower young people passionate  about the topic to create their own projects of remembrance. The first cohort of the hub which included seven young women from Germany, Holland, the U.K., Australia and Israel, have worked in the hub this past year and are now testing their proto-types in their home countries. 

histoPOD host Annika Brockschmidt, Germany

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.