Symposium ‘Politics of Memory/Oblivion, Modes of Transmission and Interpretation’


Date: 11.–12.06.2015

Tržiški muzej
Muzejska 11, 4290, Tržic, Slovenia

Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp Ljubelj/Loibl (Unterloibl, Loibl-Pass Süd, Loibl-Pass South), a sub-camp of the KZ Mauthausen.

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The participation of this conference is free of charge.

Seventy years after the end of the Second World War and liberation of the concentration camps the questions of intergenerational transmission of memory, education about the Holocaust and also questions about the extinction procedures of race and political enemies of the Nazi State, are more imminent than ever. However, besides these enumerated questions, contested representations of the past, we sometimes tend to forget (especially in the communities historically inclined to mental and cultural homogenization), can be different and viewed from different angles and perspectives – but all are, nevertheless, in relation to power, identity and institutional politics of memory/oblivion.

The symposium will address all these significant themes which will be debated in relation to concentration camps, especially the ones intended for political prisoners and “Total-State” enemies (Ljubelj/Loibl camp was one of those), and Nazi politics in the “concentrationary universe” (l’univers concentrationnaire by David Rousset). It will question how discourses and representations shape the past, how they’re produced, reproduced and challenged. It will examine various representations of concentration camps, differences between notions of memory and history, and discuss the role that community memory has in modelling and transmitting meanings, values and identities.

Speakers (alphabetic order):

  • Dr. Edith Blaschitz, Donau University Krems
  • Prof. Jean-François Forges, professor of history, Lyon, France
  • MMag. Erich Herber, Donau University Krems
  • Mag. Otto Hochreiter, City Museum, Graz
  • Dr. Marija Juric Pahor, Institute for Ethnic Studies, Ljubljana
  • Prof. Peter Gstettner, Mauthausen Komitee Klagenfurt/Celovec
  • Mag. Monika Kokalj Kocevar, Museum of Contemporary History, Ljubljana
  • Dr. Taja Kramberger, independent researcher, Koper/Capodistria, Paris, France
  • Mag. Dr. Gerti Malle, Memory Site of the Mauthausen satellite camp Loibl-North, guide, Klagenfurt/Celovec
  • Frédérique Neau-Dufour, Director of European Centre of the Deported Members of the Resistance Memory Site of the former camp Natzweiler-Struthof
  • Christian Tessier, independent researcher, France
  • Mag. Tadeja Tominšek, Institute of Contemporary History, Ljubljana
  • DDr. Verena Vidrih Perko, Director for Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture, Ljubljana


  • Politics of memory and oblivion in connection to the concentration camps
  • Presentations and representations of concentration camps (print media, manuals, official sources, digital spaces etc.)
  • Testimonies of the KLs, trauma and survivor’s narratives
  • Intergenerational transmission of values and knowledge on the concentration camps, pedagogy of the Shoah/Holocaust
  • Historical accounts, interpretations, public memory/oblivion and civic education in connection to the heritage of concentration camps

Attached files


Tržiški muzej

Free admission

Conference Supporters:

  • Ministry of Culture, Republic of Slovenia
  • Land Kärnten Kultur
  • The Municipality of Tržic, Mag. Borut Sajovic, Mayor of Tržic
  • Institut Français, Ljubljana
  • Mauthausen Komitee Kärnten/Koroška

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