The Holocaust and Its Legacies in Scandinavia: Research and Education

Chair, Anton Weiss-Wendt (Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities, Oslo)

The Challenge of Combining Research with the Classroom: Raoul Wallenberg and Other Swedish Cases
Paul A. Levine (Hugo Valentin Center, Uppsala University)

Himmler’s Briefcase: Finland and the Holocaust
Oula Silvennoinen (Centre for Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki)

From a Sentence in a Book to a Field of Research: Developments in Holocaust Research and Education in Norway
Øivind Kopperud (Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities, Oslo)

Holocaust Education in Denmark: Between Research and Memory Politics 
Cecilie F. Stokholm Banke (Holocaust and Genocide Program, Danish Center for International Studies, Copenhagen)

Discussant, Karin Kvist Geverts (History, Uppsala University)

Co-sponsors: Nordic Dutch Network of Genocide Studies, Institute for the Study of Genocide, and the Center for Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation at Bergen Community College. The event is also made possible by the generous support of the American-Scandinavian Foundation and the Rutgers Newark Alumni Association. 


Participant Bios

Cecile F. Stokholm Banke is Senior Researcher and Head of the Research Unit in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the Danish Institute for International Studies in Copenhagen. She currently runs the Network for European Memory of Mass Atrocities, financed by the Danish Council for Independent Research. Dr. Banke is a member of the Danish delegation to the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research (ITF); the Advisory Council of the European Shoah Legacy Institute; and the Board of Representative of the Danish Chapter of Humanity in Action. Her current research focuses on the politics of memory in Europe after the Holocaust and other mass atrocities.

Karin Kvist Geverts is a researcher at Uppsala University. Her doctoral thesis examined the Swedish policy vis-à-vis Jewish refugees in 1938-1944. She served as the guest coeditor of a special issue of Scandinavian Journal of History (36:5) on the history and memory of the Holocaust in Scandinavia (36:5, 2011).

Øivind Kopperud is a researcher at the Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities in Oslo. He is a coeditor of the two books, one of which examines the perceptions of Jews in Norway as an example of the cultural construction of minorities, Forestillinger om jøder: Aspekter ved konstruksjonen av en minoritet 1814-1940 (2011). He has written several articles on anti-Semitism and the deportation of the Norwegian Jews. He is currently finalizing his PhD dissertation at the University of Oslo, “Intent and Consequences: The Norwegian Church and the Jews, 1864-1920.”

Paul A. Levine is Assistant Professor of Holocaust history at Uppsala University. He is coauthor of Tell ye Your Children, a Book About the Holocaust in Europe, 1933- 1945, which has now been distributed or purchased in almost two million copies in Sweden, Germany, Portugal, Finland, France, Russia, Latvia, Estonia, Norway, Denmark, and Japan. His most recent book, Raoul Wallenberg in Budapest: Myth, History and Holocaust, was published in 2010 by Vallentine Mitchell.

Oula Silvennoinen is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki. His doctoral thesis examined the interaction between the German and Finish security police between 1933 and 1944, and is now available as a book, Geheime Waffenbrüderschaft. Die sicherheitspolizeiliche Zusammenarbeit zwischen Finnland und Deutschland 1933-1944 (WBG, 2010). His academic interests include the Holocaust and its legacy, the Finnish far-right movement, and the history of policing and police institutions. 

Anton Weiss-Wendt heads the research department at the Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities in Oslo. He is the author of Murder Without Hatred: Estonians and the Holocaust (2009) and Small-Town Russia: Childhood Memories of the Final Soviet Decade (2010), and the editor of Eradicating Differences: The Treatment of Minorities in Nazi-Dominated Europe (2010) and The Nazi Genocide of the Roma: Reevaluation and Commemoration (forthcoming, 2013).