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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion


Holocaust Memory and the Challenges of Empathy

Professor Adam Sutcliffe, Kings College London 

Holocaust memory has been closely associated with the increasing pedagogical emphasis, since the 1990s especially, on the idea of empathy. Fellow-feeling with the suffering wrought by the Nazi genocide helps us, we widely hope, to become more emotionally responsive and politically engaged citizens. This lecture will explore why empathy has become so central to Holocaust education, and why this has not always led to straightforwardly positive outcomes.

This event is offered with a hybrid choice of ticket. 

Selwyn College: Book your in-person ticket here

Via Zoom: Book your online ticket here



Adam Sutcliffe is Professor of European History at King’s College London. He has  written widely on early modern and modern Jewish history, intellectual history, and historiography. His most recent book is What Are Jews For? History, Peoplehood and  Purpose (Princeton University Press, 2020).


Wednesday, 24 January, 2024 - 17:30 to 18:30
Event location: 
Selwyn College or Via Zoom