goodreads: Edgar Hilsenrath (born [April 2] 1926) is a German-Jewish writer living in Berlin. His main works are Night, The Nazi and the Barber, and The Story of the Last Thought.
Hilsenrath was born in Leipzig. In 1938 his mother escaped with her two children to Siret (Sereth), in Romanian Bukovina, where they enjoyed a respite from persecution. At the time that he should have received an entrance card to higher education, he and his mother were interned in the ghetto of Cernăuţi (Czernowitz).
He began to write about the Holocaust after his liberation when he moved to Paris. Hilsenrath also lived in Palestine, Israel, and New York.
According to Dagmar C. G. Lorenz, Simon Wiesenthal Center, “Hilsenrath calls things by their proper names and portrays life first and foremost as physical existence, of whose details the reader is constantly made aware: birth, nursing, feeding, sex, and excretion accompanied by feelings of pleasure and pain. The rhetoric of politicians and political theory are shown to be the schemes of beings ultimately dependent on these bodily processes and subject to physical desires. Hilsenrath’s very approach is a protest against disrespect toward the mortal body, against the tyranny of the mind over matter.”
General Eduard von Böhm-Ermolli at his command post; briefing with Austrian officers at the map table [00:10]; destroyed bridges over the Pruth before Czernowitz [02:11]; Austrian troops bivouac on the banks of the Pruth [03:04]; horsepond [03:49]; Czernowitz after being taken on 3rd August 1917: burning railway station building and burning crossties [04:37]; destroyed dome of the railway station [05:50]; ruins of houses [06:23]; the fire brigade extinguishing flames [07:14]; children in the city streets [07:25]; Austrian troops march past Archduke Franz Joseph on 4th August 1917 in Czernowitz [07:42].
Thank you Irene Fishler for supplying a Hebrew language brochure (below) describing the conference coming up on March 15, 2016. The organizer’s contact information may be found a the bottom of this page:
Dr. Ronit Fischer
Center for Jewish History
We are honored to invite you to a convention entitled:
Society and History of Bukovina
The “Multi-Kulti” district of Rumania
March 15, 2016
Room 15, Meyersdorf building
9:00-9:30 coming together and refreshments
- Professor Uzi Rebhun, Director of the Center for Research on Romanian Jewry
- Mrs. Andreea PăstârnacAmbasador of Rumania in Israel
- Professor Dror Wahrman, Dean of Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- Mr. Micha Harish, Chairman of the AMIR organization.
- Dr. Sa’ar Pauker, representative of the Pauker family.
10:00-11:15 First Session
Bukovina as a Symbol for Multi-Culturalism
Chairman: Professor Daniel Blattman Hebrew University
- The Jews of Bukovina as a symbol for Romanian heterogeneity in the inter-war period
Dr. Ronit Fischer, Hebrew and Haifa Universities.
- To describe and imagine Czernowitz – Professor Ya’avetz and his town.
Dr. Rafael Vago, Tel Aviv University
- Back to Czernowitz, a paradox of memory and nostalgia – a historic-anthropologic approach.
Dr. Florence Heyman, The French Research Center in Jerusalem. (CNRS-NAE).
11:45 – 13:30 Second Session
A Small District – Many Worlds of Multi-Cultural Creativity
Chairman: Dr. Amos Goldberg Hebrew University
- What happens to the multicultural character of Bukovina after the holocaust? Paul Celan Dan Pagis, and Aharon Appelfeld. Sidra de Koven-Ezrahi, The Hebrew University.
- The Jewish theater of Czernowitz during the transition between Romania and the Soviet Union.
Ms. Dafne Dolinko The Hebrew University and Yad Va’Shem.
- “My Bukowiner”. The writer Nava Semel returns to the lives of her grand parents and to the place where her family originated.
Organizer: Dr. Ronit Fischer