Exile and Persecution: German Exiles in the Americas

Exile in a Strange Land: Reality, Fiction, and "Truth" - Exploring Anna Seghers' The Excursion of the Dead Girls


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Featuring Dr. Christiane Zehl Romero, Tufts University
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
2:00-3:20pm, Mandel Center for Humanities 228

As Jew and a Communist, notable 20th century writer, Anna Seghers had no choice but flee Germany to France due to Nazi occupation. However, when the Germans occupied the north of France, she had to flee again from the trap that Europe had become for her. The only country, which would take her in was Mexico, where she originally did not want to go. Her most famous story reflects her own - and others' - conflicted situation as an end to exile became a distinct possibility. Seghers weaves reality and imagination to communicate important truths about an exile going "home". 

Keynote Address: Weimar in Waltham - Brandeis University at the Beginning


Featuring Dr. Steve Whitfeld, Brandeis University
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Reception 5:00-5:30pm
Presentation 5:30-6:30pm, Rapaporte Treasure Hall 

Vestiges of Weimar culture were reconstituted at Brandeis University, founded in 1948, when something of the experimentalism and radicalism that Peter Gay summarized as "the outsider as insider" (1918-1933) could be discerned among the faculty. Thus, Brandeis managed to extend the precarious existence of th brilliance of German and especially German Jewish art and thought before the Nazi era. 

Contesting Germany: The Free German Stage and the German Theater in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1938-1945

The cultural landscape of Buneos Aires during World War II was unique. No other major metropolitan city witnessed immediate, local, and fully open confrontations between Nazi and antifascist theaters throughout this period. This presentation explores the bitter competition between the Free German Stage, which was composed entirely of European Jewish refugees, and the German Theater, which was funded by Joseph Goebbels' Ministry of Propaganda. 

Documentary Film Screening: "Exiliados en Exilio" (2002)  - "Being Exiled in Exile" (Documentary in Spanish with English Subtitles about the detention of German Nationals in Colombia during World War II), followed by Q&A


Featuring Rolando Vargas, Documentary Film Maker, Bogota University of California, Santa Cruz
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
7:00-9:00pm, Pearlman Lounge

Talk: Exiles in Exile - Germans during the Second World War in Colombia with the Documentary Film Maker Rolando Vargas


Featuring Rolando Vargas, Documentary Film Maker of "Exiliados en Exilio" (2002)
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
5:00-6:30pm, Mandel Center for Humanities 228