116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

New Directions in Holocaust Studies

Session Chair: 
Sandra Alfers, Western Washington University
Time: 
Session 2: Friday 3:20 pm – 4:50 pm
Location: 
Miller Hall 131

Presenters/Papers:

  1. Eric Zakim, University of Maryland, College Park
    The Israeli genre of Holocaust pulp-fiction erotica, stalagim, has languished, forgotten, suppressed, uncollected, and critically unreadable within historicist chronologies and genealogies of Israeli understandings of the Holocaust. This paper asks what happens when we read the stalagimnot as symptoms of national transgression and dysfunction but as vibrant transnational challenges to the restrictions imposed by a pre-conceived meta-discourse of the Holocaust as shoah (Claude Lanzmann’s designation).
  2. LuLing Osofsky, University of California, Santa Cruz
    In 2011, I interviewed 87 year old Noah Klieger, the last remaining Holocaust survivor to have boxed for Nazi officials at Auschwitz. That champion Jewish boxers fought each other to survive is largely unknown; the few accounts are contested and contradictory. This paper considers two "based-on-a-true story" films that conflict with each other and Klieger's testimony. Through film criticism, and theoretical discussions in sports studies and trauma studies, I investigate the narrativizing and metaphorizing of boxing in the camps. 
  3. Bettina Hofmann, University of Wuppertal
    Issues of translation, together with transgenerational and transnational questions, have become important in Holocaust Studies. Translation is used both literally as metaphorically, i.e. the psychological mechanisms and cultural processes involved when members of successive generations grapple with the experiences of their predecessors.
Session Cancelled: 
No