Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about history and culture in an international perspective: Three of our German exchange students, Anna Beier, Carolin Hehl, and Hannah Ziehm will discuss how Germans view the East – West relations in Germany 25 years after the wall came down. (Event will be in English, for more information consult the poster.)
Millions of people know about Amon Goeth, the commander of the former National Socialist concentration camp in Plaszow-Krakov in Poland, from Ralph Fienne’s performance of this character in Steven Spielberg’s film Schindler’s List (1993). This also applies to Jennifer Teege, for whom Amon Goeth was a distant historical figure until that specific day a few years ago, when she discovered that Goeth was in fact her biological grandfather.
For Teege, the daughter of a Nigerian father and a white German mother (Monika Goeth), the discovery was a shock. As a Black German who had lived in Israel and worked with Holocaust survivors, she had been acutely aware of Germany’s history, but had also felt to stand on the “good” side of the German discourse about the Nazi past.
In her memoir Amon: Mein Großvater hätte mich erschossen [Amon: My Grandfather Would Have Killed Me], Teege offers a moving account of how the discovery affected her personally as well as a unique perspective on Germany’s attempts at coming to terms with the past. Jennifer Teege will visit Agnes Scott College during the week of April 14 – 17, 2014. She will read from her memoir and discuss her experiences. For more information, see the poster below. Please contact Prof. Gundolf Graml, Dir. of German Studies, with any questions at ggraml[at]agnesscott.edu.
Close to 140 people packed Lower Evans on Agnes Scott’s campus last night when Eva Baron, Hungarian-born survivor of Auschwitz concentration camp, talked about her experience. Ms. Baron delivered a moving and often chilling account of how she and her family were deported from Budapest during the last year of WW II and how her parents and siblings were murdered in Auschwitz. Ms. Baron impressed on the students the importance of keeping the memory of these events alive. “The world,” she said, “is a crazy place, and bad things happen all the time. It’s important to stand up.”
This event is a wonderful example of student-driven learning. A group of students, lead by first-year Ariella Strudler, organized support from the ASC Hillel and German clubs, the Emory and Georgia Tech Hillel clubs, the Breman Museum, and the ASC departments of German Studies, Political Science, History, and International Relations. A big round of applause to these students for putting together such a great learning opportunity for our campus.
The ASC German Studies Program co-sponsors a lecture by Dr. Sabine Hake on “Postfascism and Democratic Subjectivity: On West German Films of the 1950s,” on February 24, 3-5pm, in GSU’s Rialto Center in downtown Atlanta.
Prof. Hake is one of the foremost experts on German cinema, some of ASC’s German students might remember her work on National Socialist film that we discussed in German 330. The talk is free and open to the public and will certainly be a rewarding event.