Betty & Shmuel Rosenkranz Oration 2020 (online event)

Auschwitz: artefacts as witness

Keynote speaker: Paul Salmons, Curator & Education Consultant

More than one million people were murdered in Auschwitz. But they did not disappear without trace. Material evidence of their lives and these crimes still remain – objects as witness, each with a story to tell. This talk will reveal how a major new exhibition explores the history and significance of Auschwitz through hundreds of artefacts, the challenges in curating a story of destruction, and will ask why this still matters today.

Paul Salmons is an independent curator and education consultant specializing in “difficult histories”. His work includes “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away”, a major travelling exhibition produced by Spanish company Musealia, which presents some 700 original artefacts.

Paul worked for ten years at the Imperial War Museum in London, helping to create the UK’s national exhibition on the Holocaust and developing its distinctive educational approach. He has served on the UK delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance for some 20 years.

This event was made possible by the Judy and Leon Goldman family.

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