Microcosms of the Holocaust


Conference The Way Out: Microhistories of Flight from Nazi Germany – Luxembourg, Esch-Belval 01/18

This international conference studies the broad theme of the flight of
Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany in the 1930s and their trajectories
during the war and its aftermath from multiple perspectives. In recent
years, the microhistorical turn in Holocaust history has placed
increasing importance on individual practices and experiences by
exploring new, nominative mass sources and combining a prosopographical
approach with quantitative analysis of individual trajectories. As
Claire Zalc and Tal Bruttmann state in the introduction to

Microhistories of the Holocaust (2016): “Reducing the level of analysis
increases knowledge, because smaller spaces can better elucidate the
complexities of decision-making, help reestablish the “space of the
possible”, show how reality was experienced at the individual level, and
ultimately provide more compelling insights into the events that
contemporaries faced in their day-to-day lives.” The micro-level of the
individual and the family is a scale of observation that sheds light in
a new way on the relationships between Jewish migrants and
representatives of state authorities and places individual behaviour in
the context of its social and political environment. It enables us to
observe migrants in their networks and groups of belonging, trace their
biographical and migratory trajectories and identify their agency, the
means at their disposal and the opportunities or obstacles that the
policy framework allowed them, so that we can identify their spaces of
possibility and constraint.

More info, please see: https://www.c2dh.uni.lu/events/way-out-microhistories-flight-nazi-germany