Narrating A Significant Past

Submitted by spiroark
Category:
Event
Time:
Wednesday 23 January
8:00pm
Price:
£10
Location:
Norrice Lea
Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue
Hampstead
N2
Norrice Lea
Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue
1
N2
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£10
The Spiro Ark and the HGSS invite you to a discussion "Narrating A Significant Past" Mary Fulbrook (Author) Dr Zoe Waxman (Historian of the Holocaust - Royal Holloway - University of London) Dr Shirli Gilbert (Historian - University of Southampton) Chaired by Dan Carrier (Journalist - Camden New Journal) celebrating the publication of A SMALL TOWN NEAR AUSCHWITZ Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust By MARY FULBROOK The Silesian town of Bedzin lies a mere twenty-five miles from Auschwitz; through the linked ghettos of Bedzin and its neighbouring town, some 85,000 Jews passed on their way to slave labour or the gas chambers. The principal civilian administrator of Bedzin, Udo Klausa, was an ordinary family man without whose help, and those of thousands like him, the murderous plans of the Nazi elite could never have been fully realized. A Small Town Near Auschwitz re-creates Udo Klausa's story. Using a wealth of personal letters, memoirs, testimonies, interviews and other sources, Mary Fulbrook pieces together his role in the unfolding stigmatization and degradation of the Jews under his authority, as well as the heroic attempts at resistance on the part of some of the victims of Nazi racial policies in this area. She also gives us a revealing insight into the inner conflicts of a Nazi functionary who, throughout, considered himself a 'decent' man. And she explores the conflicting memories and evasions of his life after the war. This account is no ordinary historical reconstruction. For Fulbrook did not discover Udo Klausa amongst the archives. She has known the Klausa family all her life. She had no inkling of her subject's true role in the Third Reich until a few years ago, a discovery that led directly to this inescapably personal professional history.
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