Negative Symbiosis? Germans and Jews after the Holocaust

Thomas Kovach
MONDAYS 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
January 23 - April 3, 2017. No class on March 13.
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Negative Symbiosis? Germans and Jews after the Holocaust

Spring 2017
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MONDAYS
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
January 23 - April 3, 2017. No class on March 13.

Location: 

Main Campus

Tuition: 

$150.00

This course explores works from the postwar era by Jewish and German authors--both writings and films--from East and West Germany and Austria. In these works we will see differences among the three successor states to the Nazis, including the ways people dealt with guilt for Nazi crimes, but also with feeling victimized by the bombing of German cities and the division of Germany after the war. The Jewish texts stem mainly from the post-Unification era, when many Jewish writers reflected on how their parents felt shame about deciding to remain in or return to the land that had carried out the mass murders of their families and friends, and thus hesitated to claim German identity. But starting in the 1980s, a new generation of Jewish writers in German have sought to define a new kind of Jewish-German identity. Though the complexities of the German-Jewish relationship have hardly vanished, there is reason for hope, based on writings and films of more recent times, that tensions will diminish.

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Meet Your Professor

Professor Emeritus
Department of German Studies

THOMAS KOVACH is Professor Emeritus in the Department of German Studies. He got his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with a German emphasis at Princeton and came to the University of Arizona in 1994, where he headed the German Studies Department from 1994 to 2004. Much of his teaching has centered on German-Jewish issues, both German-Jewish writers and the way Jews have been portrayed in texts by non-Jewish Germans through the ages.

Location

Poetry Center
Dorothy Rubel Room
1508 E Helen
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States
Located on the SE corner of Helen Street and Vine Avenue, one block north of Speedway and three blocks west of Campbell Ave.

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