International Conference on Holocaust and Other Genocides
27 November 2011, Peace Palace, The Hague
The Holocaust and its analogy to other genocides is a recurring topic in both academic and educational discussion. Holocaust historiography debates a range of issues; from the importance of ideology to the feelings of victims. Research into genocides is often influenced by the findings of Holocaust historiography. The current research on mass violence raises questions about the place of the Holocaust in the history of genocide.
The main focus of the international conference Uses, Abuses and Misuses of the Holocaust Paradigm, is not so much the relation of the Holocaust and other genocides in itself. It is the fact that this relation, ever since Raphael Lemkin coined the term genocide in 1944 and the United Nations adopted the Genocide Convention on December 9, 1948, is a pivotal part of the international discourse.
The conference is organised on the occasion of the Dutch chair of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research (ITF) in 2011.