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The Holocaust and the Dirty War: Jewish Art and Literature in Argentina

Date: 12/05/2012

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Shir Tikvah Congregation

Cost: Free


For many of Argentina’s Jews, especially those who were deeply affected by the state terror associated with the military junta of 1976-84, the Holocaust resonates deeply with their own nation’s Dirty War. For Jews outside Argentina, the comparison may seem impossible, but writers like Manuela Fingueret and Nora Strejilevich make the connections clear. In Fingueret’s novel, Daughter of Silence, as the narrator tells the story of her own political activism, capture, and imprisonment in the Argentina of the 1970s, she tries to reconstruct her mother’s experience in the Minsk ghetto, in Terezin, and during the transport to Auschwitz. Strejilevich writes the story of her own imprisonment and torture in light of the anti-Semitic treatment to which she was subjected. Artists Guillermo Kuitca and Mirta Kupferminc, and photographer Marcelo Brodsky, make reference to the Holocaust in their work as well.

Amy Kaminsky is professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota.  Her most recent book, Argentina: Stories for a Nation, includes a chapter on Jewish writers from the US and Europe who set their work in Argentina, and she tells why they would want to do that. She is currently working on a book about Argentine Jewish writers, filmmakers, and artists. It's to be called Planting Wheat and Reaping Doctors: Jews, Gender, and Modernity in Argentina.


  • Name: Laura Lechner
  • E-mail: jwst@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-4914
  • Sponsored by: Jewish Studies, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Global Studies, Shir Tikvah Congregation, Spanish & Portuguese


The lecture will take place at Shir Tikvah Congregation, which is located at 1360 West Minnehaha Parkway in Minneapolis.  Click here for directions and other information.   

More information: http://www.jwst.umn.edu

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Laura Lechner at jwst@umn.edu or at 612-624-4914.

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