October 22 • 4:00 PM
Bush Conference Center | Beckman Hall | Room 404
Dr. Alan Rosen
Author of The Wonder of Their Voices: The 1946 Holocaust Interviews of David Boder
Thanks to the dedicated work of organizations such as The “1939” Club and the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, tens of thousands of Holocaust survivor testimonies have been recorded over the last decades. The voices of survivors will always be heard.
Less well known is the fact that survivors were already giving oral testimony during the last months of the war. In 1946, psychologist David Boder traveled to Europe to interview survivors in displaced persons (DP) camps and what he called “shelter houses.” His 130 interviews were the earliest recorded. Conducted over nine weeks in nine languages, they combined a focus on trauma with a vision of rehabilitation.
In this lecture, Dr. Alan Rosen will explore Boder’s special contribution to Holocaust memory. Dr. Rosen is the author of Sounds of Defiance: The Holocaust, Multilingualism, and the Problem of English and the editor of Approaches to Teaching Wiesel’s Night. His most recent book, Elie Wiesel: Jewish, Literary, and Moral Perspectives, co-edited with Steven T. Katz, was published earlier this year. Dr. Rosen lives in Jerusalem where he lectures frequently at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies.
For more information about this event, please call (714) 628-7377 or email RodgersCenter@chapman.edu