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Simon Wiesenthal Lectures

 

The Simon Wiesenthal lecture series takes place regularly every six to eight weeks and aims to present the latest research findings on the Holocaust to both a professional and a broader audience. They take into account the impressive spectrum of this discipline, the numerous questions and issues from empirical-analytical historiography to topics of cultural studies and involve young scholars as well as established academics.

 

Since 2007, when the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) was still being established, the lecture series – at that time in cooperation with the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance (DÖW) and the Institute of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna– has developed into the flagship of the VWI's outreach activities as a supporting element in the communication of recent academic findings in the field of Holocaust research and Holocaust and genocide studies.

 

For over a decade, the Austrian State Archives generously offered shelter to the Simon Wiesenthal Lectures in the roof foyer of the Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv. During the challenging years of the pandemic, the lectures were held online. From autumn 2022, in order to reach out to further audiences, a new cooperation partner was found in the Wien Museum. Until the reopening of the main location at Karlsplatz, the SWL will take place at MUSA, Felderstraße 6-8, next to the Vienna City Hall.

 

 

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Simon Wiesenthal Lecture
Enzo Traverso: Rethinking Primo Levi
   

Thursday, 12. December 2019, 18:30 - 20:00

Dachfoyer des Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchivs, 1010 Wien, Minoritenplatz 1

 

One century after the birth and more than three decades after the death of Primo Levi, the time has come to go beyond his posthumous canonisation, and to   historicise his life and work by considering the distance that separates us from  his age. This means carefully distinguishing between his own present and the current uses of his writings. Whereas the destiny of a classic author is to be permanently reinterpreted, this reassessment sometimes results in significant misunderstandings,  which are the topics of Enzo Traverso’s lecture. He will analyse respectively Primo Levi’s position in Italian culture, his definition as a Jewish writer and his role as a literary witness of the Holocaust.

Enzo Traverso is the Susan and Barton Winokur Professor in the Humanities at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. His work deals with modern European intellectual history. His books, all translated into many languages, include The New Faces of Fascism (2019); Left-Wing Melancholia: Marxism, History and Memory (2017); and Fire and Blood: The European Civil War 1914-1945 (2016).

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