International Conference “Jasenovac Past and Present: History and Memory of Institutionalised Destruction” (24–26 March 2020)

S velikim stručnim zadovoljstvom najavljujemo međunarodnu konferenciju o povijesti jasenovačkog sustava logora i sjećanju na njega, koja će, među ostalim, upozoriti i na manipulacije i poricanja Jasenovca. O konferenciji i drugim javnim događanjima tim povodom iscrpno ćemo zbog njihove važnosti obavještavati na portalu.



Jasenovac Past and Present


History and Memory of Institutionalised Destruction


Recent years have seen an increase in public debates and controversies concerning the Jasenovac camp complex, built in August 1941 after the establishment of the Independent State of Croatia (Nezavisna Država Hrvatska, NDH). Concurrently, scholars are fast approaching a consensus regarding life and death in the camp, while beginning to explore how its memory affects present-day societies in Serbia, Croatia and other parts of the former Yugoslavia.


The conference Jasenovac Past and Present: History and Memory of Institutionalised Destruction is scheduled for 24–26 March 2020 and will gather a team of international experts to examine the history and memory of Jasenovac by critically analysing an intricate web of connections transcending past and present. Scholars will revisit long-standing historical controversies and present new research findings, but also gain a better understanding of how the memory of the camp has changed over the years.


By connecting local history and memory with wider European trends, the conference will pave the way for increased research cooperation across national borders, while helping to situate Jasenovac more firmly in European consciousness as an important locality of the Holocaust. It will furthermore engage with media, policymakers, educators and the public at large, thus helping to counter the distortions and manipulations that continue to plague public debates and perceptions about the camp.


The various activities will take place during three consecutive days in Belgrade, Jasenovac and Zagreb in order to achieve the highest impact in the societies most affected by the painful heritage represented by Jasenovac. They will combine scientific panel discussions with several public events that seek to

  • increase knowledge about the state-of-the-art in terms of research
  • stimulate regional and wider international research cooperation
  • connect the history and memory of Jasenovac to broader European trends
  • inspire discussion about the camp in the public domain
  • raise awareness about manipulations, distortions and denial pertaining to Jasenovac


Public Events


23 March: Belgrade

Panel discussion: “Jasenovac in Serbo-Croat Relations”


24 March: Belgrade

Keynote address by Ulrich Herbert, Albert-Ludwig University, Freiburg:

“Jasenovac and the Concentration Camp System in Europe”


26 March: Zagreb

Keynote address by Deborah Lipstadt, Emory University:

“Holocaust Denial”


The conference is organised by the Hugo Valentin Centre at Uppsala University in cooperation with Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris, Topographie des Terrors in Berlin, the Department of History at the University of Belgrade, the Department of History at the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Science, University of Zagreb, and the Jasenovac Memorial Area. The event was made possible by a financial contribution from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.