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Ergebnisanzeige "Germans and Jews in Love (and Lust) - "After Auschwitz""
RessourcentypCall for Papers
TitelGermans and Jews in Love (and Lust) - "After Auschwitz"

for a session to be held at
the annual conference of the German Studies Association, San Diego, CA, 4 October – 7 October, 2007
AND the annual conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, Toronto, CA, 16 December –18 December, 2007

(Please indicate whether you would like your abstract to be considered for either or both conferences. You may also submit two different abstracts. The sessions at the GSA and the AJS could be identical, partially overlap, or be entirely different with regard to the papers presented.)


Love relationships have a long tradition of functioning as ways to explore German-Jewish relationships more generally. Furthermore, marriage between German Gentiles and German Jews constituted an important aspect of Jewish assimilation. This session seeks to explore German/Jewish love relationships “after Auschwitz,” including the ways such relationships are enacted in everyday life and represented in cultural artifacts. Can love conquer all, even the unbridgeable abyss created between Germans and Jews by the Holocaust? What attracts Germans and Jews to each other “after Auschwitz”? Could this attraction exist not only despite of what happened in the past, but be caused by the taboos the historical events have created? How do German/Jewish couples and families deal with their family histories? Is it possible to create a family that includes the next generations of victims, followers, bystanders, and even perpetrators? How do the children resulting from such love relationships negotiate their identity? Does the ultimately unanswerable question of “Would you have hidden me?” become the impossible Gretchenfrage of German/Jewish love relationships? Do post-Holocaust cultural artifacts use romantic love relationships to create naïve and unreflected Versöhnungsphantasien? Many of these questions have recently been explored in German discourse, such as in Peter Schneider’s novel "Paarungen" (Couplings) or several of Barbara Honigmann’s texts, and with Eitan Fox’s film "La-Lechet el ha-Maim" ("Walk on Water") they entered into Israeli discourse as well.
While stereotypes of Jewish men as omnipotent seducers lusting after blond, blue-eyed Shiksas and Jewish women as exotic and highly erotically charged have a long history, their clear anti-Semitism means that these characterizations run counter rather than parallel to assimilationist, idealist discourse of romantic love. While the sexualization of German/Jewish relationships of course reflects greater openness in Western cultures generally with regard to sexuality, it is worthwhile to explore the discourse of sexual relationships between Germans and Jews and the (mis)use of Holocaust icons, imagery and allusions in recent cultural artifacts. Such provocative representations are not limited to such canonical texts as those by male German-Jewish writers Raphael Seligmann and Maxim Biller but also include, for example, Israeli writer Dan Ben-Amotz's novel "Lizkor ve-Lishkoah" (To Remember, To Forget), and Italian filmmaker Liliana Cavani’s "Il Portiere di Notte" (The Nightporter).

Papers can use a wide range of source materials, such as fictional and non-fictional texts, documentary and feature films, archival documents, and oral history interviews, and can focus on any time period since 1945.

Please send an abstract of approximately 500 words to
Anne Rothe at by January 21, 2007.

Anne Rothe, PhD
Assistant Professor of German
Dept. of German & Slavic Studies
443 Manoogian Hall
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202
phone: 313-577-6237

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
VeranstaltungsortSan Diego; Toronto
PersonName: Rothe, Anne [PhD] 
Funktion: Information 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Wayne State University, Dept. of German & Slavic Studies 
Strasse/Postfach: 443 Manoogian Hall 
Stadt: Detroit, MI 48202 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeHistorische Semantik (Wissensgeschichte, Mentalitätsgeschichte, Ideengeschichte); Literatur 1880 - 1945
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