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Book Launch: Matters of Testimony: Interpreting the Scrolls of Auschwitz

Nicholas Chare and Dominic Williams


In 1944, members of the Sonderkommando—the “special squads,” composed almost exclusively of Jewish prisoners, who ensured the smooth operation of the gas chambers and had firsthand knowledge of the extermination process—buried on the grounds of Auschwitz-Birkenau a series of remarkable eyewitness accounts of Nazi genocide. This careful and penetrating study examines anew these “Scrolls of Auschwitz,” which were gradually recovered, in damaged and fragmentary form, in the years following the camp’s liberation. It painstakingly reconstructs their historical context and textual content, revealing complex literary works that resist narrow moral judgment and engage difficult questions about the limits of testimony.

Nicholas Chare is Associate Professor of Art History at the Université de Montréal. He is the author of Auschwitz and Afterimages: Abjection, Witnessing and Representation and After Francis Bacon: Synaesthesia and Sex in Paint, and the co-editor, with Dominic Williams, of Representing Auschwitz: At the Margins of Testimony.

Dominic Williams is Montague Burton Fellow in Jewish Studies at the University of Leeds. He has published articles on modernism, the First World War, contemporary poetry and the Holocaust. In addition to co-editing Representing Auschwitz, he has co-edited, with Fabio A. Durão, Modernist Group Dynamics: The Politics and Poetics of Friendship.

The event will consist of a brief talk from Dominic Williams, followed by a round-table discussion and then a reception.

Participants:

Anne Karpf Reader in Professional Writing and Cultural Inquiry, London Metropolitan University.

Dan Stone Professor of Modern History, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Zoe Waxman Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.


Speaker(s):

Nicholas Chare | talks

 

Date and Time:

2 June 2016 at 6:00 pm

Duration:

2 hours

 

Venue:

The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide
29 Russell Square
London
WC1B 5DP
020 7636 7247
http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk

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http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=247

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