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Reading the Holocaust: From The Diary of Anne Frank to The Diary of Molly Applebaum

Anne Frank’s diary is arguably the most well known Holocaust writing to date. The diary compels us to understand the Shoah through the eyes of a young girl exposed to the horrors of National Socialism. The publication of and widespread attention to Anne’s tragic story has proven to be a pivotal moment, shaping generations’ understandings of the Holocaust and foregrounding the genre of Holocaust survivor memoirs that followed. In partnership with The Azrieli Foundation the Neuberger proudly presents a panel of esteemed experts moderated by Professor Sara R. Horowitz. As an accomplished literary and Judaic scholar Dr. Horowitz contextualises the global and unprecedented relevance of Anne's diary while panelists illustrate the connection it has to memoirs that came after, including the pivotal moment created by the establishment of The Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs.

The experts will discuss the role of literature and its genres in shaping our understanding of the Holocaust. Professor Jan Grabowski, University of Ottawa, will provide insightful analysis of the recently published literary work Buried Words (2017) which juxtaposes the haunting diary of a hidden child in Poland with the reflective tone of her postwar memoirs. Professor Julia Creet, York University, will illustrate the concepts of voice and silence by reflecting on the choices authors make to include or exclude certain events from diaries and memoirs. Professor Belarie Zatzman, York University, will discuss the integration and applicability of these types of works into modern theatre studies and how they contribute to the remembrance and representation of the Holocaust for today’s youth.

Light refreshments will be served at 12:00PM, program begins at 12:30PM.

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