Emotions and Holocaust Studies

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September 13, 2022 to September 14, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Contemporary History, European History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Jewish History / Studies, Modern European History / Studies

An Online Workshop

Emotions and Holocaust Studies

September 13th and 14th, 2022

REGISTER on Zoom: https://psu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0sd-mhqjgvEtYI4agZYF79FosW_pSY4dKK


Tuesday - September 13th, 2022

13:30 CET

Introductory Remarks

Stefanie Fischer (Goethe University Frankfurt / Technical University Berlin), Christian Wiese (Goethe University Frankfurt), Veronika Duma (Goethe University Frankfurt), Kobi Kabalek (Penn State University)


13:45 – 14:55

First Encounters: Disbelief and Disgust

Chair: Mark Roseman (Indiana University)

Jeff Koerber (Chapman University): “Grodno, Soviet Belarus, 22 June 1941: Shock and Disbelief in Response to the German Invasion”

Mark Celinscak (University of Nebraska at Omaha): “Right Off the Emotional Scale: Anger and Disgust in Liberators’ Accounts”


15:05 – 16:15

Writing Emotions

Chair: Amos Goldberg (Hebrew University)

Amy Simon (Michigan State University): “The Deepening Darkness: Emotions in Yiddish Holocaust Diaries”

Sara Ann Sewell (Virginia Wesleyan University): “Screams: Embodied Affective Expressions in Holocaust Soundscapes”


16:30 – 18:00

Intimacy and Love

Chair: Kerry Wallach (Gettysburg College)

Judd Robin (Ohio State University): “‘Pushing Away the Memories’: Remembrances of Love and Grief in the Postwar Homes of Holocaust Survivor/Allied Veteran Families”

Paul O'Shea (University of Leicester): “Friendships as ‘Spaces’ of Emotional Refuge in the Mauthausen Concentration Camp”

Lisa Peschel (University of York): “Positive Emotion and Memories of Theatre in the Terezín Ghetto”


18:10 – 19:20

Arousing Empathy in Testimony

Chair: Esra Özyürek (University of Cambridge)

Rebekah Slodounik (Bucknell University): “The Cultivation of Empathy in the Holocaust Diaries of Anne Frank and Renia Spiegel”

Rachel Perry (Haifa University) and Ella Falldorf (Jena University): “Empathic Unsettlement in Art from the Holocaust?”



Wednesday, September 14th, 2022

13:50   Welcome


Spaces and Places of Emotion

Chair: Uffa Jensen (Technical University Berlin)

Therkel Stræde (University of Southern Denmark): “Places of Fear in the Theresienstadt Ghetto”

Tim Cole (University of Bristol) and Alberto Giordano (Texas State University): “Emotional Geographies of the Holocaust: Methods and Representations”



Escaping Hitler

Chair: Irit Dekel (Indiana University)

Charlie Knight (University of Southampton): “‘Please will you tell me […] Why is she not writing?: Concern for loved ones in the epistolary practices of German-Jewish refugees”

Hannah Holtschneider (University of Edinburgh): “Entrusting one’s child to the care of others: emotions in the correspondence between a German Jewish family and Scottish couple 1939-1940”


16:50 – 18:00

Dealing with Guilt

Chair: Anna M. Parkinson (Northwestern University)

Carolin Lange (Institute for the History of German Jews): “After They Left – The Feelings of Germans Living in Deported Jews’ Homes”

Greta Štikelytė (Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore): “A Double-Perspective Approach to Shame and Guilt in Third-Generation Holocaust Perpetratorship Memory Narratives”



Fear and Remorse in Postwar Poland

Chair: Zuzanna Dziuban (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna)

Yechiel Weizman (Bar-Ilan University): “Remorse, Embarrassment, and Materiality after the Holocaust”

Anat Plocker (Stanford University): “Memory Wars and Fear of Jews: Poland 1968”



FINAL DISCUSSION: The Emotions of Holocaust Scholars

Chair: Atina Grossmann (Cooper Union)

Veronika Duma (Goethe University Frankfurt), Axel Doßmann (Jena University), and Stefanie Fischer (Goethe University Frankfurt / Technical University Berlin)


Concept and Organization: Stefanie Fischer and Kobi Kabalek in collaboration with the Buber-Resenzweig Institute (Goethe University Frankfurt), Center for the Study of Antisemitism (Technical University, Berlin), Fritz Bauer Institute (Goethe University Frankfurt), and Penn State University.


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