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The HJS Virtual Event Series: '80 Years Since Wannsee: An Alarm Call to Warn of Other Genocides?' - Thursday 20th Jan, 5pm-6pm (GMT)
The 1942 Wannsee conference’s intent was to fix a bureaucratic process and parameters for the systematic murder of the totality of the Jewish people. Based upon over 12 years digestion of Nazi hate, it was a banal exercise of absolute evil. Bureaucracy as much as technology were essential for its practical implementation, from the logistics for building camps, transporting deportees, and processing the target population to the technicalities of mass murder in an efficient, impersonal manner.

Fast forwarding to contemporary times, Dr Shimon Samuels of the Simon Wiesenthal Center recently reflected that:

“The current global crisis and technology has instilled conspiracy theories and fomenting hate. Young generations, impatient or idealists alike, strive for quick and easy solutions, many increasingly drawn to identity and order offered in particular by far right extremists, inspired by Nazism and the banality and evil of the Wannsee protocol, processed by the multiplicator of social media. Seated in an intergenerational circle of survivors - Armenian, Jewish, Cambodian, Bosnian, Rwandan - in Kigali five months after the genocide, there was no pecking order, only a shared communion of pain. Each case is unique, especially the Holocaust as a target for denial. The Protocol must serve as a warning, not as a precedent.”

Accordingly, and with the 80th anniversary of the infamous Wannsee Conference upon us, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to gather a world expert panel to both reflect on the history of Holocaust and to examine what influence the horrors of the past may yet have on the evil ideologies and conspiracy theorists of the present.

Jan 20, 2022 05:00 PM in London

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