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EVENTS: Gaelle Fisher Talk
We are happy to resume our lecture series on “Dynamics of Vulnerability and Traumatic Affect” and are very much looking forward to Gaëlle Fisher’s forthcoming lecture on Holocaust Survivors from Bukovina in Romania after World War II through the Lens of Ego-documents.The event will take place on Monday, 29 October 2018, 6 p.m., Room 4. All welcome! [This event is organized within the UEFISCDI-funded grant no. 5 / 2018, PN-III-P1-1.1-TE-2016-0091, Transcultural Networks in Narratives about the Holocaust in Eastern Europe]
Abstract:This paper discusses the situation of Holocaust survivors from Bukovina in Romania after World War II by drawing on different types of ego-documents: letters, diaries and oral history testimonies. In a first instance, drawing on a collection of letters and diaries, I aim to show what these sources can add to our understanding of the historical period. In particular, I argue that they make us sensitive to a range of issues including age, gender, social background as well as personal beliefs, dispositions and circumstances – and their entanglement – for how the period was experienced by specific individuals. Then, focusing on a sample of some fifty retrospective accounts of this same period and experience, I aim to reflect on the possibility of re-systematising the fragmented insights gained by reading ego-documents. In other words, is it possible to write, on this basis, a more textured but also differentiated history – namely a history, which does better at accounting for how perceptions of the past, present and future inform collective human behaviour?
Bio: Gaëlle Fisheris a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Holocaust Studies at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich. She obtained her PhD in history from University College London in 2015 with a thesis on the history of Germans and Jews from Bukovina after the Second World War. Her current research deals with the history of the Holocaust in Romania and focuses on Jewish reactions and responses to persecution under changing regimes, from 1938 to 1948. She has published articles in a range of books and journals including German History, The Leo Baeck Institute Year Book and East European Politics and Societies (forthcoming).

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