In this talk, the historian Frank Trentmann draws on his new book Out of the Darkness to put current developments in historical perspective. Through this book Trentmann seeks to answer a central question: How have the Germans changed since 1942 and why? And who are they now?
Join Dr Becky Jinks, in conversation with Dr Christine Schmidt, curators of the Holocaust and Genocide Research Partnership’s latest exhibition, Genocidal Captivity: Retelling the Stories of Armenian and Yezidi Women, to learn more about how they developed the exhibition and their curatorial choices.
During the First World War, nearly 300.000 refugees and prisoners of war were displaced to Turkestan, which brought the local population into direct contact with a conflict that was being waged thousands of miles away in Russia’s Western borderlands and on the Caucasus front. After the end of the war and the collapse of the Russian Empire, Central Asia once again became host to refugees fleeing catastrophe in Soviet Russia. In 1921, when famine struck the Volga region, the Soviet government transported thousands of people to remote parts of the nascent USSR.
In his presentation Zoltán Kékesi talks about his work with the Final Account collection and focuses on one particular aspect: “Watching the interviews, I was struck by how vividly men and women late in their life remembered songs from a remote past, and by the range of emotional responses they exhibited when asked about them: from zest to shame, from remorse to nostalgia. Even when they refused to sing, songs took interviewees back in time; and with the songs came a multitude of experiences and personal stories.”