2014 Gossett Lecture: Marianne HIrsch and Leo Spitzer - "Small Acts of Repair: The Unclaimed Legacy of Transnistria"

WhenApril 24, 2014 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
WhereClassics Building, Room 110
Contact InformationChicago Center for Jewish Studies
DescriptionWhat does it mean to survive or to inherit traumatic events that have been forgotten or denied, that have eluded the assumption of responsibility, judicial recognition, or acknowledgment by both national and transnational bodies? We look specifically at the work and the reception of writers and artists who were deported to Transnistria, an area that was annexed by Romania during the Second World War and became a “forgotten cemetery” in which hundreds of thousands of Jews and political prisoners perished. Yet, just as Transnistria’s history fails to fit common conceptions of Holocaust persecution and murder, much of the vibrant intellectual and artistic activity that took place in its ghettos and camps also largely fails to fit the paradigms of Holocaust art or literature. Transnistria’s artists from the wartime era, both visual and literary, remain little known. Our research into their work aims to illuminate this little known chapter of Holocaust history, while also asking larger questions about possibilities of repair and redress in the aftermath, and the needs of the postgenerations who inherit these painful histories. Reception to follow. The lecture is made possible through the Jean and Harold Gossett Fund in memory of Holocaust victims Martha and Paul Feivel Korngold. If you have a disability and need assistance to participate in this event, contact Nancy Pardee, npardee@uchicago.edu, (773) 702 7108.
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