Yearlong Holocaust Lecture Series Offers Perspective on Gender, Humanity and Resistance

 

The 2018-2019 Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLHW) series continues this winter at the University of California San Diego with an author talk, film screening and lecture. In line with this year’s theme of “History, Memory & Meaning of the Holocaust,” each workshop features a Holocaust survivor, witness, or scholar who lends their experience and expertise to highlight memories of the Holocaust that are constantly being written, erased and rewritten. The series is presented by the UC San Diego Library and the UC San Diego Jewish Studies Program.

January 17 — When Biology Became Destiny: How Historians Interpret Gender in the Holocaust with Marion Kaplan

With support from Muir College and Sixth College

Despite the explosive growth of Holocaust studies, scholars of Nazi Germany and the Shoah long neglected gender as an analytical category. It wasn’t until 1984 when the essay collection “When Biology Became Destiny: Women in Weimar and Nazi Germany” raised awareness of women’s experiences under fascism. The publication edited by Renate Bridenthal, Atina Grossman and Marion Kaplan explored women’s double jeopardy as females and as Jews. In her lecture, Kaplan takes the audience on a historical tour of her research, from the first workshops raising questions to the first publications providing answers. Since then, the gender perspective has provided significant insight into our understanding of Jewish life in Nazi Germany and during the Holocaust. Kaplan concludes her talk with a forward look at new areas of research that highlight women’s and gender studies. RSVP is required at https://hlhw-kaplan.eventbrite.com.

*This event is sold out but walk-ins will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis if seats become available.

February 6 — 49,172: The Rescue of Bulgaria’s Jews with Atanas Kolev

Sponsored by Daniel and Phyllis Epstein

The saving of the entire Jewish minority in Bulgaria is an extraordinary act of humanism and yet unbeknownst to many. In this documentary, a team of U.S.-based Bulgarian filmmakers embark on a journey to discover how the country was able to shield their Jewish community from deportation and execution. Drawing on private and public archives in the U.S., Israel and Bulgaria, the film depicts a mosaic of faces and stories woven together by the courage and resourcefulness of individuals in both powerful and powerless positions. The screening will be followed by a conversation with producer Atanas Kolev. RSVP is required at https://hlhw-kolev.eventbrite.comRead more…

When Biology Became Destiny: How Historians Interpret Gender in the Holocaust with Marion Kaplan

When Biology Became Destiny: How Historians Interpret Gender in the Holocaust
with Marion Kaplan
Thursday, January 17 • 5 – 7 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Register: hlhw-kaplan.eventbrite.com

*This event is sold out but walk-ins will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis if seats become available.

The Holocaust Living History Workshop series continues with an insightful talk from Marion Kaplan on Thursday, January 17.

Marion Kaplan

Despite the explosive growth of Holocaust studies, scholars of Nazi Germany and the Shoah long neglected gender as an analytical category. It wasn’t until 1984 when the essay collection When Biology Became Destiny: Women in Weimar and Nazi Germany raised awareness of women’s experiences under fascism. The publication, edited by Renate Bridenthal, Atina Grossman and Marion Kaplan, explored women’s “double jeopardy” as females and as Jews. In this lecture, Kaplan takes the audience on a historical tour of this research, from the first workshops raising questions to the first publications providing answers. Since then, the gender perspective has provided significant insight into our understanding of Jewish life in Nazi Germany and during the Holocaust. Kaplan concludes her talk with a forward look at new areas of research that highlight women’s and gender studies.

Kaplan is the Skirball Professor of Modern Jewish History at NYU and the three-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award for her books The Making of the Jewish Middle Class: Women, Family, and Identity in Imperial Germany (Oxford University Press, 1991); Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany (Oxford University Press, 1998); and Gender and Jewish History, co-edited with Deborah Dash Moore (Indiana University Press, 2011).

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