Students participating in the course Visual Culture in the Holocaust were honored to hear a fascinating lecture from Professor Paolo Coen on the state of Holocaust memorialization in Italy. In addition to his position at the University in Teramo, Professor Coen also sits on the board of the planned Museo della Shoah in Rome. The museum will be the first of its kind in Italy and is projected to open in 2021.
Professor Coen’s lecture addressed the history of Holocaust memorials throughout Italy, the challenges faced by frequent political changes, and the collective fading of Holocaust memory across Europe. Professor Coen concluded that “Italy has to accept the memory of the Shoah and transform it into the key factor in the peace-process of Europe.”
We look forward to strengthening the ties between the Weiss-Livnat International MA Program and our Italian colleagues. Together we hope to build long-lasting partnerships for the benefit of our student’s educational experiences.