A Slovak Anne Frank?
The Case of Kitty Weichherz
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.