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18:45 - 20:00 22 October 2012

**EVENT CANCELLED - The Ethics of Witnessing the Holocaust: Polish Diaries from Occupied Warsaw, 1939-1945


Chadwick Lecture Theatre | Chadwick Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge
Ticketing: Open

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Professor Rachel Feldhay Brenner, Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rachel Feldhay-Brenner has published widely on responses to the Holocaust in Jewish Diaspora literature, Israeli literature, and Polish Literature.

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Much has been said about the Poles’ indifference toward Jewish suffering and their acquiescence Hitler's Final Solution. This presentation focuses on wartime diaries of several noted Polish writers who saw in the Holocaust an apocalyptic breakdown of civilization. These writers, all of whom were actively engaged in rescuing Jews, recorded their attempts to grasp the impact of the genocidal reality on the ethics of human existence. The intensity of their focus on the tragedy reflects their compassionate disposition towards the victims as well as their courageous resistance of the oppressor. The diarists’ involvement with a group of human beings who had been excluded from human society under the Final Solution also reflects their need to validate the power of humanist ethics in a time of terror.


Sara Ben-Isaaac
020 7679 3520 | s.benisaac@ucl.ac.uk


Institute of Jewish Studies

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