The Literature of Destruction: First, Second and Third-generational response to the Shoah
To: 18 December 2017
This course will examine first, second and third-generational responses to the Holocaust. First person memoirs, poetry and diaries from writers such a Elie Wiesel, Primo Levi, Jacob Rosenberg, Charlotte Delbo, Paul Celan, Ida Fink and Dan Pagis will take participants into the world of Jewish individuals and communities as the events of the Holocaust unfolded around them. The analysis of first person accounts is an opportunity to gain deep insights into the lives of Jews in occupied Europe. We will also read from the works of second generation writers like Lily Brett, Mark Baker and Art Spiegelman and discuss the idea of intergenerational transmission of trauma and memory. The last session will look at works of the third generation writers including Esther Jilovsky, Jordana Silverstein and David Slucki.
Image caption: Brian Fitzpatrick , Author Noel Counihan, Illustrator; Refuges:Hitler’s Loss, our gain 1944, Jewish Museum of Australia Collection 13754