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Noontime Scholars Lecture - Ghostwriting: Erenburg's and Grossman's Black Book on the Holocaust in the Soviet Union

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
Location
101 International Studies Building, 910 South Fifth Street, Champaign
Date
Sep 17, 2013   12:00 pm  
Speaker
Anja Tippner, Professor of Slavic Literature and Culture at Hamburg University
Cost
free and open to the public
Contact
Katrina Chester
E-Mail
krchest@illinois.edu
Phone
217-33-1244
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Russian, E. European & Eurasian Center: Speakers

Anja Tippner, Professor of Slavic Literature and Culture at Hamburg University, will discuss a World War II collection of testimonies, letters and other kind of documentary material started by Ilya Erenburg and Vasilii Grossman in order to publish a Black Book on the Holocaust. They enlisted several well-known Soviet writers '' among them Viktor Shklovsky, Margarita Aliger, Vera Inber and Veniamin Kaverin '' in order to edit, re-write and work on the received documents as well as contribute own testimonial accounts of the German politics of mass murder on Soviet soil. The presentation will focus on the text that make up the Black Book not as historical documents but as a literary text and will discuss questions of authorship and testimony, collective writing and the possibilities of remembering the Holocaust within the frame of Soviet discourse on World War II.

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