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    Online course “The Shoah between history and memory “

    The Terezín ghetto as symbol and testimony.
    Field: Judaic Studies
    This seminar proposes to review the concepts used to account for the Shoah. For decades, researchers have debated the valid resources for the investigation of what happened during Nazism. One of the most disputed edges is the validity of personal memory.

    The starting point will be Yosef Yerushalmi’s concept of Zajor (remember) and the duty of memory. Part of Saúl Friedländer’s work and debates on the subject will be reviewed, as well as concepts by Friedrich Nietzsche, Walter Benjamin, Tzvetan Todorov about memory and its “abuse”. The subject of the testimony will be discussed, taking the Terezín ghetto as an example for the cultural activities that took place there and for both artistic and personal testimonies. The last block will be devoted to debating the memory of hatred and the memory of life as an ethical question, focusing on the work of Emmanuel Levinas. Cost: two payments of $ 2,262

    Encounter 1

    Shoah: history and myth. The theme of a genocide in the heart of Europe. Yosef Yerushalmi: Zajor (remember).

    Encounter 2

    Instruments of history: personal memories and archival data. Friedrich Nietzsche and the uses of memory. Giorgio Agamben: those who can no longer testify.

    Encounter 3

    How to testify: the language problem. Viktor Klemperer: the language of the regime

    Encounter 4

    How to testify: when victims remember. The work of Primo Levi, Jorge Semprún and Saul Friedländer.

    Encounter 5

    The Terezín ghetto (1): a place to “show”. The case of the "city given to the Jews by the Reich". Art and memory. The cinema that was filmed and recovered.

    Meeting 6

    The Terezín ghetto (2): later testimonies. The story of the victims. W. Sebald's fiction as testimony.

    Meeting 7

    The testimony problem: when the perpetrators speak. The Eichmann and Hannah Arendt case

    Meeting 8

    Memory of hate and memory of life: an endless story? Emmanuel Levinas: ethics, intersubjectivity and the time to remember.


    Dra. Magdalena Reznik

    Araceli Calderón

    Coordination of Management of Jewish Education, Hebrew and Judaic Studies

    Phone numbers: (55) 52 45 86 00
    National toll free: 800 8908 474
    Jaqueline Amaro: +52(55) 21 44 69 33
    Alina Rementeria: +52(55) 38 79 92 86

    This program does not have an Official Validity Recognition for Studies from the Ministry of Public Education.

    • Start:
      October 2020
    • Duration:
      8 matches
    • Modality:
      Synchronous sessions online
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