Presented by Dr. Roni Mikel Arieli - Phyllis Greenberg Heideman and Richard D. Heideman Fellow at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, USHMM. Tuesday 09 June 2020, 7pm (SAST). [RSVP closes at 3pm on 09 June]
This talk will look at anti-apartheid struggle activist Ahmed Kathrada’s evolving perceptions and reflections on the Holocaust. Using Kathrada’s memoirs, an August 2016 interview with him, and multiple archival materials, Roni teases out Kathrada’s insights on the Holocaust through a distinctively internationalist perception of colonialism.
Focusing on a visit Kathrada made to Auschwitz and to Warsaw in 1951, and on his reading of The Diary of Anne Frank in the late 1960s, during his imprisonment on Robben Island, the talk explores how the lens of the Holocaust was imported back to South Africa and demonstrates how processes of negotiation between different practices of commemoration and memory construction, can create space for promoting solidarity and justice.
Dr. Roni Mikel Arieli is a cultural historian of Jewish history in Southern Africa. Her first authored book titled Remembering the Holocaust in Apartheid South Africa, will be published in De Gruyter series “New Perspectives on Modern Jewish History.” She is currently working on her research project, “Memories of Migration and Migration of Memory: The Transnational History of the Jewish Refugees Deportation to Mauritius.”