Block seminar

Summer Semester 2021

Exhibiting: Auschwitz – History and Impact

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Raphael Gross/Fritz Backhaus (German Historical Museum)

Time: 4 June (11.15 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.), 9 June (3.15 p.m. to 4.45 p.m.), 11 June (11.15 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.), 16 June (3.15 p.m. to 4.45 p.m.), and 18 June 2021 (11.15 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.) (block seminar)

Start: 7 May 2021

digital event, if possible with presence parts in the Dubnow Institute

Seminar Language: German

Description: The history and aftermath of the concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz, which was created by the German occupiers in Poland, shaped the twentieth century like no other event. Auschwitz has become a synonym for the Holocaust itself. Knowledge of the mass murder, its legal prosecution in the immediate postwar years in Poland, and the trails that took place following a considerable delay in the Federal Republic of Germany belong to a range of topics alongside literary, philosophical, filmic, and artistic engagements that exemplify the special significance of this concentration and extermination camp into the present day. This seminar aims to sketch an exhibition that is being planned at the German Historical Museum. Besides the presentation of events that took place at this site since the camp was created in 1941, it will focus on engagements with Auschwitz and its impact into the present day.

Participation is conditional on giving a short presentation. Topics will be assigned in the introductory session on 7 May 2021.


Literature: Sybille Steinbacher, Auschwitz. Geschichte und Nachgeschichte, München 2020; Shoah, Frankreich, 1985, Regie: Claude Lanzmann; Georges Didi-Huberman, Bilder trotz allem, München 2007; Primo Levi, Ist das ein Mensch? Ein autobiographischer Bericht, München 2016 (1947); Nikolaus Wachsmann, KL: Die Geschichte der nationalsozialistischen Konzentrationslager, München 2016.


Open to mature age students: no

Participation is limited to 25 people.