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Saturday, June 8 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Reading the past: The Holocaust in history and literature

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Eli Wiesel once wrote, 'A novel about the Holocaust is either not a novel or not about the Holocaust.' Given the proliferation of Holocaust fiction, can and should such a position be maintained? Join us for a conversation with two authors who have broached this very topic: historian Alan Rosen, author of The Wonder of Their Voices: The 1946 Holocaust Interviews of David Boder, and Elliot Perlman, author of The Street Sweeper. Both sought to explore the life and work of psychologist David Boder, the first person to undertake systematic interviews with Holocaust survivors in the Displaced Persons camps in 1946. How do history and literature bring different insights to bear in illuminating a traumatic past?


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Avril Alba

Avril Alba is the Roth Lecturer in Holocaust Studies and Jewish Civilisation in the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney. Former Education Director at the Sydney Jewish Museum, she served as the Project Director/Curator for the refurbishment of the museum’s permanent exhibition 'Culture and Continuity'. She holds a BA (Hons)/BMus from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Theological Studies... Read More →

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Elliot Perlman

Elliot Perlman’s Three Dollars won the Age Book of the Year Award, the Betty Trask Award (UK) and the Fellowship of Australian Writers' Book of the Year Award. He then co-wrote the screenplay for the film Three Dollars, which received the Australian Film Critics' Circle Award for Best Adapted Screenplay as well as the AFI Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Seven Types of Ambiguity was an international bestseller and was shortlisted for... Read More →
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Alan Rosen

Avraham (Alan) Rosen PhD is the author or editor of ten books, most recently The Wonder of Their Voices: The 1946 Holocaust Interviews of David Boder (author) and Approaches to Teaching Wiesel’s Night (editor). Two edited collections are due out in the coming year: Elie Wiesel: Jewish, Literary, and Moral Perspectives and Literature of the Holocaust. He was a research fellow of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la... Read More →


Saturday June 8, 2013 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Scientia Building Ritchie Theatre

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