Tuesday, 21 March, 2017
Daniel Magilow, associate professor of German, will discuss "Using and Abusing the Memory of the Holocaust.” Whether on cable news or the Internet, comparing contemporary events with the Holocaust is a familiar rhetorical ploy. Yet remembering the Holocaust as we want it to have been—rather than how it actually was—has been a common theme in Holocaust art, film, and literature ever since World War II. Using selected case studies, including early atrocity films, Anne Frank’s diary, Elie Wiesel’s Night, and other famous and not-so-famous examples, this talk offers a broader historical context for understanding how the memory of Hitler, Nazis, the Third Reich, and the Holocaust is used and abused in contemporary politics.
Professor Magilow is a fellow in the UT Humanities Center. He is the author, editor, and translator of Holocaust Representations in History: An Introduction (co-authored with Lisa Silverman, Bloomsbury, 2015) The Photography of Crisis: The Photo Essays of Weimar Germany (The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012), Nazisploitation!: The Nazi Image in Low-Brow Culture and Cinema (co-edited with Elizabeth Bridges and Kristin T. Vander Lugt, Continuum Books, 2011) and In Her Father's Eyes: A Childhood Extinguished by the Holocaust (Rutgers University Press, 2008). He has also published several articles about atrocity photography, Holocaust memorials, exile literature, and German film. He serves as Managing Editor of the Journal of Jewish Identities.
The "Conversations and Cocktails" series is a program with the UT Humanities Center and Holly’s Gourmet’s Market and Cafe. Participate in stimulating conversation, and enjoy special dinner and appetizer selections. Dinner reservations are required, and seating is limited. A reservation can be made by calling Holly's Gourmet's Market and Cafe at 865-330-0123.