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Legacies of Genocide: Mauthausen and its Memorialization

November 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Do we have an ethical responsibility toward “violated spaces” like those of a former concentration camp? What legacy do such spaces create for us? And how might cultural differences alter our perceptions of the memorial in our 21st-century? Join us for the fourth event in the 2022-2023 KHC-NEH lecture series with Dr. Rebecca Rovit, Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Kansas, who will explore Mauthausen as a site of remembrance connected to violence that permeated Austrian soil. She will draw on experiential and intergenerational aspects of memory, based on an excursion to the former camp memorial with a group of graduate students from the University of Vienna. As active spectators at sites like Mauthausen, they commemorate the Holocaust with its traumatic past traces from WWII.

Dr. Rebecca Rovit is Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Kansas. The author of numerous articles on theatre and performance in such journals as American Theatre, PAJ, TDR, Theatre Survey, Contemporary Theatre Review; The Journal of Holocaust and Genocide Studies; and The Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur, edited by Dan Diner, she is the coeditor of Theatrical Performance during the Holocaust: Texts, Documents, Memoirs, which was a finalist for the 1999 National Jewish Book Award.

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This event is part of the 2022-23 Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Colloquium, “Trauma, Remembrance, and Compassion.” The event is organized by the (KHC) at Queensborough Community College.


November 2
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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