Symposium: Excavating Sobibor. Holocaust Archaeology between Heritage, History and Memory

14 March 2024 | Trippenhuis in Amsterdam.

On 14 March 2024, the symposium ‘Excavating Sobibor. Holocaust Archaeology between Heritage, History and Memory’ will take place at the Trippenhuis in Amsterdam.

The archaeological research at the site of the former Nazi-extermination Camp Sobibor, which began in 2000 and continued until 2020, represents the most extensive archaeological excavations to have been held at a Holocaust site.

For this conference, NIOD is bringing together an international group of interdisciplinary scholars to shed light on archaeological research on Sobibor and its broader context from multiple perspectives.

Camp Sobibor operated from May 1942 to October 1943. Approximately 180,000 people, predominantly Jewish, were killed there. The majority were Polish Jews, with more than 34,000 Jews deported from the Netherlands. Following the October 14, 1943, uprising, the SS decided to liquidate the camp and obliterate all traces.

The symposium will discuss the results of archaeological research at the Sobibor memorial site. In a broader perspective, the symposium offers a retrospective and a forward-looking examination of the role and significance of archaeological research on Holocaust and terror sites, exploring potentially innovative insights attached to these memorial places.

The symposium marks the completion of the NIOD project ‘Sobibor – Archeology of Destruction‘.  Additionally, two book publications from the project will be presented during the conference:

Entrance is free, but registration is required. Mail to:

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