Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Shir Tikvah Congregation
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.
More information: http://www.jwst.umn.edu
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