Date(s) - 25/05/2015
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
This lecture, based on Professor Grossman’s book of the same title, (Princeton UP, 2007), examines the experience of the She’rith Hapleta, the saved remnant of Jewish survivors, both the small group of remaining German Jews and the c. 250,000 East European Jews gathered as DPs (displaced persons) in Germany — the blood stained land of the perpetrators but now occupied and defeated from 1945 to c. 1951. — and their complex everyday encounters, both hostile and harmonious, distant and sometimes intimate — and always fraught — with defeated Germans and victorious Allies.
Atina Grossmann is Professor of History in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Cooper Union in New York City. Publications include Reforming Sex: The German Movement for Birth Control and Abortion Reform, 1920-1950 (1995), and co-edited volumes on Crimes of War: Guilt and Denial in the Twentieth Century 2002) and After the Nazi Racial State: Difference and Democracy in Germany and Europe (2009), as well as articles on gender and modernity in interwar Germany, history and memory in postwar Germany, and gender and human rights, as well as gender and the Holocaust. Her book Jews, Germans, and Allies: Close Encounters in Occupied Germany (2007, German, Wallstein 2012)) was awarded the George L. Mosse Prize of the American Historical Association and the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History from the Wiener Library, London. Her current research focuses on “Remapping Survival: Jewish Refugees and Lost Memories of Displacement, Trauma, and Rescue in Soviet Central Asia, Iran, and India,” as well as the intersections of family memoir and historical scholarship.
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