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Oct 4 talk: A Slovak Anne Frank? The Case of Kitty Weichherz

A Slovak Anne Frank?

The Case of Kitty Weichherz

Please join us for a talk with  Professor Daniel Magilow, UT Knoxville
on Tuesday, October 4, 6 p.m. at the Chapel, Rutledge Hall (on the Horseshoe), University of South Carolina-Columbia

In 1929, the same year of Anne Frank’s birth, Katharina (“Kitty”) Weichherz was born into an acculturated Jewish family in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. As with Anne Frank, Kitty Weichherz’s life became the subject of a diary.

Her father, Béla Weichherz, began to record his only child’s life in meticulous detail in two notebooks. In text and image, Béla’s baby book (or “diary” as he called it) tells the story of one anonymous life from its very beginnings until the summer of 1942, when the Weichherzes were deported to Nazi camps.

A comparison of the diaries of Kitty Weichherz and Anne Frank yields insight into the protocols that govern the representation of children and atrocity and the roles family photographs play in constructing memories of traumatic pasts.

The talk is sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, the Capstone Scholars Program, the Department  of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the German Studies Program, the History Department, and the Department of Religious Studies.

An accompanying exhibition will be on display in the chapel from 4 p.m. onwards and can be viewed at the Capstone Building until October 21.

Followed by a light reception in the Department of Religious Studies.
This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.


Exhibition on Deadly Medicine

The South Carolina State Museum (302 Gervais) is hosting, until February 14,  an exhibition called Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race conceptualized by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum that traces the development of eugenics from its beginnings in the 19th century to the Nazis.

There is also a United States Holocaust Memorial Museum online exhibition to the same topic.

Healing through Killing: Lessons from the Holocaust
Thursday September 10, 2009
Lecture by Eva Mozes Kor, survivor of the deadly genetic experiments conducted by Josef Mengle at Auschwitz during 1944-45.  Presented by the South Carolina Council on the Holocaust.  Free. 7:30pm

Deadly Medicine Teacher Workshop
Friday, September 11, 2009
Click here for more information