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Alternate Reality Holocaust Scenarios--Kubert's _Yossel_

January 06, 2013


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Bird-Watching in Jerzy Kosinski's Controversial Novel

January 05, 2013


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Creative Non-Fiction & the Holocaust: Art Spiegelman's _Maus I & II_

January 01, 2013


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Henryk Grynberg's _Drohobyz, Drohobyz, and Other Stories_

April 07, 2009


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Dawid Sierakowiak's Journals - Dissecting Non-Fiction with the Tools for Analyzing Fiction

March 24, 2009


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24 March 2009

ENG 340 Students,

Re: the class activity we did (in groups) at our last meeting, please summarize your points about the elements of structure (in about a paragraph), according to Edgar V. Roberts, in the non-fiction text of The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak below. . .

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The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak - Your Personal Reading Reponses

March 23, 2009


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24 March 2009

ENG 340 Students,

Please respond to your reading of The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak below. You do not have . . .

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Charlotte Delbo's _Auschwitz and After_

February 24, 2009


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Delbo, Charlotte. Auschwitz and After. Trans. Rosette C. Lamont. New Haven: Yale UP, 1997. ISBN-10: 0300070578

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Defying the Odds in Edward Zwick's _Defiance_

February 21, 2009


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Defiance. Dir. Edward Zwick. Perf. Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, et. al. Paramount, 2008.

21 February 2009

ENG 340 Students,

A big, sincere "thanks" to all of you who took time out of your Saturday today to come with me to the screening of Edward Zwick's Defiance at the Muvico Starlight 20 Cinema today on Bruce B. Downs in New Tampa.

For any of you who . . .

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Viktor Frankl's _Man's Search for Meaning_

February 17, 2009


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Frankl, Viktor E. Man's Search for Meaning. 1956. Boston: Beacon, 2006. ISBN-10: 080701429X.

17 February 2009

ENG 340 Students:

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When a Hometown Becomes a Concentration Camp - The 2nd Part of Bernard's Story

February 10, 2009


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ENG 340 Students,

The film cited below is the second part of the Bernard Offen trilogy. The entry to the first part of his story can be found by clicking HERE.

My Hometown Concentration Camp: A Walk in the Krakow Ghetto and Plaszow Camp. Dir. Bernard Offen. Perf. Bernard Offen. DVD. www.Bernardoffen.org, 1997. 23 minutes.

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Working Through Bernard Offen's 1st Documentary _The Work_

February 01, 2009


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The Work. Dir. Bernard Offen. Perf. Bernard Offen. DVD. www.Bernardoffen.org, 1983. 37 minutes.

ENG 340 Students,

In our last meeting, we, unfortunately, did not get to discuss the screening in much detail since it completed just as the class meeting did. Because of the levity of the film's subject, I realize that some of you probably needed to "process" a little. Please remember that you can always stay after class to discuss if you would like or come by during my office hours to do so as well. I read in some of your comments that you were getting nightmares and, although I do want you to absorb this material, I don't want it to have an adverse affect on your health.

As an optional assignment, please consider discussing this short documentary of Bernard Offen that we screened in a previous class meeting (cited below) in this entry's comment box.

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When Tales are True: An Exploration of Sara Nomberg-Przytyk's _Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land_

January 30, 2009


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Nomberg-Przytyk, Sara. Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land. Chapel Hill, NC: U of NC Press, 1986. ISBN: 0807841609 or 9780807841600. [Topic: Memory of Concentration Camps; Genre: Memoir]

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A Contortion of Truth: Searching for Answers in Kieślowski's 'Dekalog 8'

January 28, 2009


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Dekalog, Osiem [The Decalogue 8: Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness]. Screenplay by Krzysztof Kieślowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz. Dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski. Perf. Maria Koscialkowska, Teresa Marczewska, Artur Barcis, Tadeusz Lomnicki. 1988. DVD. Chicago: Facets Multi-Media, 2003.

28 January 2009

"Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour." (Exodus 20:16, Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition)

This short, but poignant film is a complicated story about . . .

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Disturbing Truth in the Short Stories of Tadeusz Borowski's _This Way for the Gas, Ladies & Gentlemen_

January 20, 2009


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Borowski, Tadeusz. This Way for the Gas, Ladies & Gentlemen. New York: Penguin, 1992. ISBN: 0140186247. [Topic: Daily Life in Concentration Camps; Genre: Short Historical Fiction / Veiled Autobiography]

ENG 340 Students,

Just FYI, if you have not purchased this book, it is on reserve in our library. The call number is: PG7158.B613 A28 1976.

Per the instructions you received in class and . . .

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Syllabus - ENG 340 (CA01) Spring 2009 - Special Topics in Literary Studies: "Imagining the Holocaust in Literature & Film"

January 12, 2009


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ENG 340 Students [ONLY],

There is nothing to submit here; the comment box for this entry will normally be switched off.

NOTE: If you are looking for the proper entry to enter assignments about this week's primary texts (e.g. Borowski, Nomberg-Przytyk, Frankl, Delbo, Sierokowiak, Gyrnberg, Spiegelman, etc.) on the book/film of the week, you should click the link appropriate category link in the Scattergories menu to the left of the page. For example, click the *Literature* link to scan all entries tagged "LIterature" or *Holocaust Studies* to see any tagged "Holocaust" and submit your response to the appropriate entry (usually the title of the entry will match the title of the work you are working with for this module). The link can also be found by clicking HERE for Literature and HERE for Holocaust Studies.

At this particular entry (the one you are now reading) you will find the course syllabus (CLICK HERE).

Per your instructions on the first day of class--if you have not . . .

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Fanny Judelowitz, Survivor: Speaker for the Holocaust Remembrance Program

January 06, 2009


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Fanny Judelowitz was born in Liepaja, Lativa on October 27, 1922. She was the oldest of three girls born to a Jewish family in this Baltic seaport where a large Jewish community once existed. Fanny . . .

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Casting Light on Jonathan Safran Foer's _Everything is Illuminated_

August 16, 2008


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Film Review: V is for Vendetta and H is for Holocaust

April 26, 2006

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Today's Film Review courtesy of English-blog contributor Rachael T.

*Warning: Article may contain spoilers!

Heroes in the Eyes of the Beholder

First a synopsis:

From the creators of the hit trilogy, The Matrix, comes a thrill ride of a movie that'll leave you quoting it for the rest of the day. V for Vendetta is a perfect blend of action, suspense, mystery, and drama, making the film . . .

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Rediscovering the Comparison Paper: Intolerance in Two Very Different Films

April 18, 2006


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The film Process B-7185 by Bernard Offen and the academy award winning Hollywood production Crash elicited so many responses (see HERE for Process and HERE for Crash) that I felt it deserved another devoted blog entry. This difference about this entry, however, is how similar thematic developments in both (one was a historical auto-biography, the other a work of fiction) diverged and brought understanding to sensitive issues such as racism, intolerance, hate and hate-crimes (as opposed to war-crimes, for example). Some of my students did a wonderful job comparison writing exercises involving subject matter from both films . . .

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The World Outside Our Windows: Learning about Displacement and Resettlement

March 27, 2006


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"There's a world outside your window / and it's a world of dread and fear" - from "Do They Know it's Christmas?" by Sir Bob Geldof, et al.

As students of the Holocaust, we know something about the horrors of genocide . . .

From The Citizenship and Civic Engagement Initiative:

Since 2003, there has been a war between the Sudanese government and two rebel groups in this western region of Sudan. The government forces and the ethnic militias called "Janjaweed" have systematically attacked the Darfurian civilians, killing unarmed people, burning their villages, stealing their livestock, and forcing them to flee. The government forces and the Janjaweed have also terrorized these displaced people in their refugee camps. The Janjaweed are using rape as a weapon to further demoralize and destroy the social fabric of the Darfurian peoples. These brutal actions have been called "ethnic cleansing" and "genocide."

Last week the IUP (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) student newspaper, The Penn, ran the following article about the humanitarian crisis in Sudan (see below). Dr. Marveta Ryan-Sams, in a campus-wide email, said "There is a genocide taking place in the Darfur region of Sudan. Thousands of Sudanese citizens are being killed, raped . . .

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Writing Students and the Holocaust: Reviewing "Process B-7815"

March 02, 2006


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Scholars,

As several of you might know, I lived as an expatriate for many years overseas, primarily in post-Communist Europe, teaching, doing research and operating new businesses after the Berlin Wall came down in East Germany.

I made many good friends there including Mr. Bernard Offen - a survivor of the Holocaust - who has dedicated much of his life to giving, sharing, educating and promoting peace. I had the opportunity to learn a lot from Bernard and . . .

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