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Lecture and film screening

Hour of Remembrance

Tuesday 4 May 2021


The proximity of Nazi science: Archaeology in Leiden during World War II

Prof. Martijn Eickhoff

The discussion about the question of what Nazi science entails originated in the 1930s. With the role and position of archaeologists in Leiden (and the Netherlands as a whole) as a starting point, Martijn Eickhoff discusses different expressions of Nazi science in this lecture. and different views on the matter. He poses the question to what extent certain stereotypes, supported by images from contemporary popular culture, resulted in how the proximity and topicality of Nazi scientific practices are stillnot sufficiently recognised.

Martijn Eickhoff is a researcher at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies and works as professor by special appointment of Archeology and Heritage of War and Mass Violence at the Groningen Institute of Archeology (GIA) of the University of Groningen. He examines the history, cultural dimensions and after-effects of large-scale violence and regime change in Europe and Asia.

Film screening

Archaeology of Resistance

Martijn Eickhof's lecture will be followed by the premiere of the film 'Archaeology of Resistance'. In this video production that grew out of the research clinic of the same name, students Aida Gholami, Berta Navarro and Emma Gerritsen interview five fellow students and the writer Dubravka Ugrešić, who hails from the former Yugoslavia. Why do traumatic war experiences continue to affect generations? What forms of resistance exist? The interviewees each tell their poignant family story through a personal object. 

Watch lecture and film

On 4 May starting at 19:00 you can watch Martijn Eickhof's lecture followed by the film 'Archaeology of Resistance' via a video stream on the Hour of Remembrance website. English subtitling will be provided.

Hour of Remembrance
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