- Pugh Hall 120
University of Florida
- 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Lecture - Trauma, Testimony, and History: Life in Jewish DP Camps (1946-50)
Trauma, Testimony, and History: Life in Jewish DP Camps (1946-50)
Dr. Uta Larkey
Associate Professor, Goucher College
2013 'Life Reborn' Fellow for the Study of Displaced Persons, Center for Advanced Holocaust
Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
At the end of World War II, about 200,000 Jewish displaced persons lived in DP camps in Germany. Most had just been liberated from concentration camps and death marches or released from forced labor camps. Others emerged from hiding places or entered the U.S. zone from Poland, Czechoslovakia, or Austria in the hope of speeding up their emigration process to the U.S. or Palestine. The Central Historical Commission, founded by Jewish survivors in Munich in 1945, assumed the crucial task of bearing witness and chronicling the histories of destroyed Jewish communities, as well as collecting individual stories of survival and resistance. This talk will analyze the situation in Jewish DP camps and the modes of remembering and narrating wartime experiences in selected testimonies.
Uta Larkey is Associate Professor of German and Film Studies and Associate Faculty of Judaic Studies at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. An expert on Holocaust film and literature, DP camps, and Israeli film, she has co-authored the book Life and Loss in the Shadow of the Holocaust: A Jewish Family's Untold Story (with Rebecca Boehling) with Cambridge University Press in 2011.
Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
German Studies - Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Florida
Jerome A. Yavitz Charitable Foundation, Inc. and Arlyn S. and Stephen H. Cypen
Norman and Irma Braman Chair in Holocaust Studies, University of Florida
The lecture is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.
- Pugh Hall 120