more multicultural in its vision of itself since the 1980s there has been a greater tolerance of difference and so a willingness to engage with Jewish memories, particularly in relation to the long shadows of the Shoah – the Holocaust. As I explored in
Victor Jeleniewski Seidler
An American Appreciation
major voice in topics ranging from religious advising in higher education, to Jewish–Christian relations, to academic studies of the Shoah, to reconciliation. His works from as early as the 1960s have stood the tests of time; indeed, his teachings hold
Earl Jeffrey Richards
Within the enormous body of critical writings dedicated to literary
works devoted to the Shoah, the possibility of its very representation
and the problems arising in the potential deformation of memory
are frequent topics. In light of these issues, it might be helpful to
examine a well-known work of literary scholarship, Erich Auerbach’s
Mimesis, The Representation of Reality in Western Literature, written
between May 1942 and April 1945, as a potentially overlooked
example of a highly sublimated allegorical meditation on the contemporary
murder of Europe’s Jews. Auerbach’s classic work, which
explicitly takes literary representation as its central theme, seems to
use carefully and subtly selected examples from western literature as
figures for current events.
An Intercultural Comparison
This article investigates the recurring patterns in narration and visual aesthetics with which the Shoah is commemorated in children's literature. On the one hand, the essay undertakes an intercultural comparison of the differing iconographic, narrative and commemorative structures found in the varying contexts of publication, i.e. in Germany, other European countries and the United States. On the other hand, the author analyses the heterogeneous figurations and experiences of childhood on three levels of textuality: the representation of children living in the Third Reich, the intergenerational communication taking place between the narrator - often of the grandparents' generation - and the reader, and the construction of implied child readers of the picture books today.
Thank you very much for inviting me to participate in this conference. Because the subject of your conference is so very important, I feel I need to begin with a caveat: I am not a Holocaust scholar. As a university professor, I have devoted myself to international law and international human rights law rather than Holocaust studies, which has emerged, at least in the United States, as an academic discipline all of its own.
Rachel T. Greenwald
Stephen Eric Bronner, A Rumor about the Jews: Reflections on Antisemitism and the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000)
Dan Diner, Beyond the Conceivable: Studies on Germany, Nazism, and the Holocaust (Berkeley: University of California, 2000)
Research in Progress
Frank Dabba Smith
For ten years, I have researched the little-known history of altruism at the world famous camera manufacturer 'Ernst Leitz of Wetzlar' during the Nazi nightmare of 1933 to 1945. In previous publications, I have examined the motivations and actions of Ernst Leitz II and his daughter Elsie Kühn-Leitz as well as detailing examples of individuals and families who were helped. As more archival material is discovered and more descendents are interviewed, a fuller picture of these remarkable rescue activities may be revealed. This article is a work in progress.
Survivors of the Shoah and the Dangers of Testimony
The great catastrophes of history can be recognised through the paralysed silence which they leave in their wake, a silence which frequently is broken only to make way for the falsifications of memory. BEtween silence and falsification, a third path may be opened. For those who are capable of it, this path involves saying what happened, writing in the first person. This third possibility is doubly valorised. First of all, it offers a public testimony. It allows a truth which is unspeakable or not to be spoken to erupt onto the social scene. Secondly, it is meant to have a cathartic function. The author of the testimony would in this way be unburdening himself o a horror too heavy to bear. Put into words, his suffering would become something which could be shared. It is this sharing which will be discussed here, its power to grant peace. One may doubt this power.
untimely death during the Shoah this was forgotten, until others – not even knowing about Rabbi Mehler’s wish – realized it with the establishment of ARZA/Arzenu many years later (1978). When compared to other places in Europe, Dutch congregations were a
Three Kindertransport Poets
The Holocaust has exerted a substantial influence on twentieth-century and contemporary English poetry. One has only to consider Shoah-related work by the likes of Geoffrey Hill, Ted Hughes and Tony Harrison to recognise this cultural fact. Further, Jewish poets writing in English have spoken out as especially affected by this European tragedy.