I’m thrilled to be chatting about Sing This at My Funeral at Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program at the College of Charleston with my wonderful colleague, Simon Lewis, Professor of English. Brunch starts at 9am, the discussion is at 10am. The event is free and open to the public.
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Please join us as David Slucki, Bram Presser and Jordy Silverstein discuss the challenges of reconstructing difficult family histories. David's new book, Sing This at My Funeral: A Memoir of Fathers and Sons tells the story of his father, Sluggo, his grandfather, Jakub, and the grave legacy that they each passed on to him. In Bram Presser’s The Book of Dirt: A Novel, Presser creates his grandparents' Holocaust story out of family history, imagination, old photographs, and ephemera. The discussion will be moderated by historian Jordy Silverstein, whose work investigates Australian Jewish memory and identity.
Jointly presented by the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation and the Kadimah
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The Holocaust and its legacy: identity, ideology, and race
As the Holocaust recedes further into the past, the question of how it has come to be remembered, how its stories have been passed down, and how it has shaped the world around us have become more pressing.
In their new books, Avril Alba and David Slucki raise questions about what role the Holocaust has played in the formulation of ideas and identity in the postwar world. In this talk, Avril and David will explore the legacy of the Holocaust through contrasting lenses: David will look at the Holocaust’s impact on one family, and Avril will explore its global implications. David and Avril will discuss how these approaches help us examine Holocaust history and the fate of the Jews in the twentieth century.