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The Passages of Walter Benjamin

A film by Judith Wechsler 

Tuesday, December 2 7pm in Mandel Center for the Humanities, Rm. G03

The Paris Arcades, known as Passages in French, were a principal focus of renowned literary and cultural critic Walter Benjamin. From 1927-1940 he worked on his study: "My book, Paris Arcades, is the theater of all my struggles and all my ideas." Benjamin's Arcades Project is the focus of this one hour documentary, set in the context of his life and times. The film includes documents, manuscripts and letters from the Benjamin archives,albums o prints and photographs at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, interviews with leading Benjamin scholars, and archival film of Paris and Berlin in the 1920s and '30s. 

Judith Wechsler Poster

 Also sponsored by the History of Ideas Program & Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections 





Surviving the Holocaust: A first hand account by survivor Edgar Krasa

When: Thursday December 4th 2:00-3:30pm 

Where: Mandel G303

Edgar Krasa

Join us to listen to the amazing story of Edgar Krasa's survival of Terezin and Auschwitz concentration camps. Krasa volunteered to go to Terezin as a chef on the first transports to the camp. He watched as the originally 5000 person town was forced to hold over 55,000 prisoners, with diseases like typhoid and dysentery spreading rapidly, killing many. In Terezin, Krasa found solace through music, led by his roommate and friend Rafael Schächter. For Edgar, the music gave him a voice to sing to the Nazis what he could not directly say to them. Krasa was later deported to Auschwitz for the last 6 months of the war, working in the Gleiwitz sub-camp. He escaped during the death march just before liberation. Come listen to his amazing story of survival! 

Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

Upcoming events for the academic year 2014/2015 can be found here.