20 September 2021

17.00-18.30 (Bangkok/Phnom Penh time)

Please join the first lecture and discussion ‘The Holocaust and Other Genocides. Is Comparison Possible?’ in the series of online meetings for museums/memorial sites and civil society within the project entitled ‘Identifying and countering Holocaust distortion. Lessons for and from Southeast Asia’ organised by the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association and supported by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and Heinrich Boell Stiftung Cambodia.

How can we talk about the Holocaust and other genocides and mass atrocities in a sensitive way, avoiding trivialisation and distortion? What is the universality and specificity of the Holocaust and other instances of genocide? How can we avoid competition of victimhood and suffering? What can be an ethical approach in talking about genocides? How it can be applicable to the Southeast Asian context?

The lecture will be led by Konstanty Gebert, who was an international reporter and columnist for Polish and international media covering Polish Round Table negotiations in 1989, the wars in Bosnia, the Middle East, and the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda. He was a democratic opposition activist in the 1970s, and underground journalist (pen name: Dawid Warszawski) in the 1980s in Poland. Gebert was also co-founder of the underground Jewish Flying University and the Polish Council of Christians and Jews, and founder of the Polish Jewish intellectual monthly Midrasz. He is author of eleven books, in Polish, about Poland’s Round Table negotiations in 1989, the Yugoslav wars, Israeli history, commentaries on the Torah, and a panorama of the European twentieth century. His latest book, on comparative genocide, will be out in Polish early next year. Gebert served as visiting professor at UC Berkeley, Grinnell College, and Hebrew University.

Discussant: Mr. Nickey Diamond, aka Ye Myint Win, is a Ph.D. candidate in political and legal anthropology at the University of Konstanz, Germany, and an advisor to Fortify Rights, an international human rights organization in Southeast Asia. His Ph.D. research is devoted to studying 'Anti-Muslim Hate Speech in Myanmar'. In June 2021, he became the first fellow of the newly established 'Students at Risk' Hilde-Domin programme of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Nickey is a human rights defender and an academic activist in Myanmar. He founded Youth for Social Change Myanmar (YSCM) in 2007 and served as the organization’s Executive Director until October 2013. In 2013, he received a scholarship from the Government of Norway to help build institutions in Myanmar. In 2014, he received a President George W. Bush Fellowship and completed the Liberty and Leadership Forum (2014-2015), where he studied leadership, democratization, and political philosophy. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Distance Education and an M.A. in human rights from the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand.

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