Witnessing Auschwitz International Seminar in Poland (May 2019)
Information sessions are: Wednesday October 10 – 12pm – Room 1505 – UBC Life Building Tuesday October 16 – 1pm – Room 1504 – UBC Life Building
This course will examine representations of the Nazi Holocaust and related aspects of Nazi Germany by focusing on Auschwitz. Auschwitz was a place in which several frequently conflicting agendas of the Third Reich intersected: it was an industrial compound, a concentration camp, a medical research site, and an extermination facility; it served to imprison, terrorize, enslave, and kill. Its operation as well as the so-called “twisted road” that led to it provide a horrific and revealing example of the strange ways in which the Third Reich ruled by a strange mixture of chaos and consent. More importantly, Auschwitz is a site of conflicting memories that raise the question how, and if at all, it can be remembered and commemorated in ways that resist both sentimentalization and the recourse to conventional literary or cinematographic imagery.
For more information please go to the Go Global web site: https://students.ubc.ca/career/international-experiences/global-seminars/poland-witnessing-auschwitz
Please join us for the Witnessing Auschwitz Student Conference Sept 14 & 15, Simon K.Y. Lee Global Lounge
Schedule (details may change):
Thursday Sept. 14
2:45-3:00—Closing for the day
4pm—Book launch for “The More I Know, The Less I Understand”
5pm—Dr. Setkiewicz lecture
Even after the 16th of May, 1943, a number of undetected bunkers remained in the area of the former ghetto. It seems that hundreds of Jews still lived among the ruins of the ghetto, even after its official liquidation. Due to the harsh conditions and the presence of Germans in the area, only a small number of these Jews managed to survive for any extended period of time.
Women played a vital role in Adolf Hitler’s plan to create an ideal German Community (Volksgemeinschaft). Hitler believed a larger, racially purer population would enhance Germany’s military strength and provide settlers to colonize conquered territory in eastern Europe. The Third Reich’s aggressive population policy encouraged “racially pure” women to bear as many “Aryan” children as possible.
Auschwitz, the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp, is the most recognizable symbol of the Holocaust and place of genocide in the world. Never, and in no other camp or extermination center did the SS murder such a great number of Jews from nearly all the Nazi occupied Europe. However, many people do not know that Poles constituted nearly 40% of the prisoners registered in the camp and that those incarcerated and murdered there included also: the Roma, Soviet POWs and prisoners of over twenty nationalities. And only experts will know the role Auschwitz was to play in the Nazi German settlement plans of Eastern Europe, which – aside from exterminating the Jews – posited also the destruction of the majority of the Slavic population.