"Using and Abusing the Memory of the Holocaust"
Daniel Magilow, Associate Professor of German
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Holly’s Gourmet’s Market & Cafe
5107 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
"Whether on cable news or the Internet, comparing contemporary events with the Holocaust is a familiar rhetorical ploy. Yet remembering the Holocaust as we want it to have been—rather than how it actually was—has been a common theme in Holocaust art, film, and literature ever since World War II. Using selected case studies, including early atrocity films, Anne Frank’s diary, Elie Wiesel’s Night, and other famous and not-so-famous examples, this talk offers a broader historical context for understanding how the memory of Hitler, Nazis, the Third Reich, and the Holocaust is used and abused in contemporary politics."