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UCLA - GER 59 - Class Notes - Week 4

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UCLA - GER 59 - Class Notes - Week 4

School: University of California - Los Angeles
Department: German
Course: Holocaust in Film and Literature
Professor: David Kim
Term: Fall 2018
Tags: night and Holocaust
Name: German 59; Week 4
Description: These notes go over Night by Elie Wiesel
Uploaded: 10/25/2018
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background image German 59: Holocaust in Film and Literature; Week 4: 10/23/18 ­ Elie Wiesel 1. Raised in Sighet, Romania 2. Three sisters, two survived, one did not
3. Won Nobel Peace Prize
­ Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz  1. Testimony: to attest to something as a witness 2. Witness: someone who has experienced something
3. Survivor: One who stands beyond
­ Elements of Testimonial Genre 1. Tells a chronological story of survival/ testifies to facts
2. Interrupted by the traumatic past
3. In the self­reflexive present, with elements of future hope
4. Objective history woven together with subjective reflections to form an emotional
reality 5. Raises questions of ethics that are impossible to answer until you are confronted  with the urgency of a choice 6. Element of disbelief ­ true but how could this have happened 7. Struggle to find language to put events of this magnitude into narratives
8. Renee Firestone: retelling of story multiple times; plea to future
­ Humanization 1. What are the most fundamental aspects of our humanity a. Individuals with names, identities b. Empathy
c. Agency
d. Testify
e. Conscious
f. Temporal beings with a past, present, future
g. Language, culture, history
h. Physical body
i. Death is sanctified
­ Dehumanization 1. Stripping of individuality, loss of identity
2. Things done to individuals en masse; absurdity of world of Lager
3. World as “hermetically sealed cattle car” 
4. No agency, no ability to decide or make choices; loss of time; the bell
5. Unable to discern “sane” from “insane”
6. Isolation, destruction of family, loss of capacity to love and express empathy

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School: University of California - Los Angeles
Department: German
Course: Holocaust in Film and Literature
Professor: David Kim
Term: Fall 2018
Tags: night and Holocaust
Name: German 59; Week 4
Description: These notes go over Night by Elie Wiesel
Uploaded: 10/25/2018
2 Pages 97 Views 77 Unlocks
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