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Remembering Kristallnacht

A Reckoning

Jews, Germans & The Holocaust

November 9, 6.30pm 2022

St Patricks Hall, Dublin Castle

Holocaust Awareness Ireland and the Office of Public Works are pleased to present an event to mark the anniversary of Kristallnacht.  Entitled  A Reckoning: Jews, Germans & The Holocaust

it is a panel discussion between Tomi Reichental, Oliver Sears and Alexandra Senfft, the granddaughter of Hanns Elard Ludin, Hitler’s envoy to Slovakia who was responsible for the deportation of 70,000 Jews including Tomi Reichental and his family. Conor O’Clery, author and eminence gris of Irish foreign journalism will moderate.

View a recording of the event here

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'Gold Powder Compact',  Amelia Stein RHA

History & Memory 

January 25, 6pm, 2022 

Dublin Castle

Sean Rainbird & Amelia Stein RHA in conversation. The event was be moderated by Trish Lambe curator at the Gallery of Photography & introduced by Oliver Sears. 

The event was presented by The Office of Public Works in association with
Holocaust Awareness Ireland. The talk was presented during The Objects of Love exhibition at Dublin Castle. The exhibition tells  the story of Oliver Sears Jewish family before during and after the Second World War through a collection of precious family photographs, objects and documents. Amelia Stein‘s photographs of some of the objects feature in the exhibition and the conversation will include the process of recording such historically significant artefacts as well as a broad a reflection of the role institutions play in documenting the photographic records of the history of the state. 


Remembering Kristallnacht

Living Beyond Secrets

November 9, 6.00pm 2021

National Gallery of Ireland

Holocaust Awareness Ireland in association with National Gallery of Ireland are honoured to present Belsen survivor and HAI advisor Tomi Reichental in conversation with HAI founder Oliver Sears. They will discuss how and why they now talk about their secret lives. The event will be introduced by Sean Rainbird, Director, National Gallery of Ireland. The conversation will be moderated by broadcaster Sarah Carey. Attendance is free but seats must be reserved. The event will also be livestreamed on Facebook. 

View a recording of the event here

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Why Talk About
The Holocaust?

May 13, 6.00pm 2021

We are delighted to welcome Daniel Mendelsohn in conversation with Oliver Sears for the second event in this series, moderated by Professor Zuleika Rodgers.

Daniel Mendelsohn is an award-winning memoirist, critic, essayist and translator. A longtime contributor to The New Yorker and New York Review of Books, where he is Editor-at-Large. He is the author of the internationally bestselling Holocaust family saga The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million.

The event is organised by Holocaust Awareness Ireland & the Herzog Centre at Trinity College Dublin in association with the Trinity Long Room Hub.

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Long Live Life! Concert

January 27, 2021

On the occasion of Holocaust Memorial Day, Holocaust Awareness Ireland is pleased to partner with The Italian Institute of Culture and the Herzog Centre, Trinity College Dublin to present the Long Live Life! concert.


The concert brings back to life several pieces of musical scores composed by captives who managed to defy the reality of concentration camps. The concert will be available on the Italian Institute of Culture youtube channel for a week from 27th January.


Please see The Italian Institute of Culture website 


Remembering Kristallnacht | Why Talk About The Holocaust?

Trinity Long Room Hub | The Herzog Centre

*November 9, 2020

On the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the event featured Lenny Abrahamson & Oliver Sears in conversation, moderated by Sarah Carey.

2.Kristallnacht 2019. Objects of Love. O

Oliver Sears |
The Objects of Love |
A Holocaust Testimony

*November 11, 2019

For the annual Kristallnacht lecture at Trinity College Dublin, The Herzog Centre, Oliver’s testimony was introduced by Lenny Abrahamson who gave a short account of his own experience growing up in a Jewish family in Dublin.

3. Monika Sears. A Holocaust Testimony.

Monika Sears |
A Holocaust testimony |
A Childhood under Nazi Occupation

*June 25, 2018

Trinity Long Room Hub in association with The Herzog Centre Trinity & Holocaust Education Trust Ireland presented Monika Sears’ account of her early life as a Jewish child on the run with her mother in Nazi occupied Poland. She was joined in conversation by her son Oliver Sears, moderated by Alison Deegan Barry.

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A reading of the English translation of Primo Levi’s ‘Canto of Ulysses’

Italian Institute of Culture | The Herzog Centre | The Trinity Centre for Literary Translation

*January 27, 2018

International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2018 was commemorated with a reading of the English translation of Primo Levi’s Canto of Ullysses from If This Is a Man and of the first chapter of The Truce was presented at Trinity College Dublin. The readers were Sebastian Barry, Catherine Punch and Oliver Sears.

*January 26, 2017

Passages from the book were read by Liz O’Donnell – Director of Government Relations & Communications, MSD Ireland & Former Minister for Overseas Development & Human Rights. Oliver read his afterword to the book. Presented in association with Holocaust Education Trust Ireland.

Book Reading Holocaust Memoir Monika Sea

Monika Sears |
A Holocaust testimony |
A Childhood under Nazi Occupation

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The John Hewitt Society International Summer School | 30 Years Anniversary

*July 25, 2017

Panel Discussion entitled The  Art of Conflict Transformation for the Institute of Conflict Research. Participants included Oliver Sears, Dr Katy Radford, Paula McFetridge and Marguerite Nugent.

7. From my War to your Peace, Love Nonna

From My War To Your Peace, Love Nonna
by Monika Sears

This short memoir is presented in the form of a letter to the author's first grandchild. Told from a child's perspective, we learn of the remarkable tale of one small child's life surviving as a Jewish girl in Nazi occupied Poland.


If you wish to purchase a copy please contact

All proceeds go to The Herzog Centre Trinity College Dublin.

*Event held prior to the establishment of Holocaust Awareness Ireland

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