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Virtual Book Launch: The Afterdeath of the Holocaust

March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Lawrence Langer in conversation with Ben Barkow.

Survivor accounts from the Library's digital database, Te

Survivor accounts from the Library’s digital database, ‘Testifying to the Truth’.

The Wiener Holocaust Library is delighted to launch Professor Lawrence Langer’s most recent book, The Afterdeath of the Holocaust. This book consists of ten essays that examine the ways in which language has been used to evoke what Langer calls the ‘deathscape’ and the ‘hopescape’ of the Holocaust. The chapters in this collection probe the diverse impacts that site visits, memoirs, survivor testimonies, psychological studies, literature and art have on our response to the atrocities committed by the Germans during the Second World War. Langer also considers the misunderstandings caused by erroneous, embellished and sentimental accounts of the catastrophe, and explores some reasons why they continue to enter public and printed discourse with such ease.

About the speakers:

Lawrence L. Langer is Emeritus Professor of English at Simmons University in Boston, USA and a renowned scholar of Holocaust literature.

Ben Barkow is the Chair of the Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association of Leeds and Chair of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation Academic Advisory Board. He was the Director of The Wiener Holocaust Library from 1998-2019.

Event guidelines:

1. The Library will send you a Zoom link and joining instructions via email prior to the event. Please check your junk email folders.

2. Please try and join 5 minutes before the event start time (18.55) and we will let you into the room (do try and bear with us if this takes a few minutes).

3. If you would like to ask a question during the event, please type your question into the chat function, and we will endeavour to answer as many questions as possible during the Q&A. Your webcam will not be seen during this event.

4. The event will be recorded for the Library’s YouTube channel and will be shared at a later date.

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March 18
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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2 comments so far

  • margot strom says:

    I worked closely with Larry Langer from the day I decided to create Facing History and Ourselves :Holocaust and Human Behavior. He taught our staff and educators for the critical early and growing years ofFacing History and Ourselves.

  • margot strom says:

    Thank you. I join two of my colleagues who were dedicated to Facing History and Ourselves . We were and still are a learning community.
    bonnie Rosenberg and Chris Stokes will join the event as well. larry was a critical partner in our learning and growing!

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