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Art produced by women prisoners in Auschwitz

October 16, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Join Dr. Laura Morowitz's AH310 class as we host a guest lecture by Bozena Karwowska, Professor, Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies and Chair of Modern European Studies, the University of British Columbia.

About the Lecture
Art created in Auschwitz is an important testimony of prisoners’ experience of the camp; it is a source of valuable information about many aspects of the camp. There are also interesting differences between art created by male and female prisoners, in large measure related to them occupying different spaces of the camp complex, but also due to the arrival of the first women only after two years of the camp’s existence. This talk will discuss the art created in Auschwitz (official and “forbidden”) with a special focus on women as both artists and subjects, their roles, and how these are relayed through their painted, drawn and written testimonies.

About Dr. Karwowska
Dr. Karwowska is the author of a study of Polish literature of the Holocaust, with a particular focus on the first hand testimonies written immediately after the war, Gender, Sexuality, Concentration Camps (Krakow University, 2009). Her 2013 book, Second Sex in Exile. Migration in Narratives by Polish Postwar Female Writers, was nominated for Jan Kochanowski Prize for the best book on Polish literature and culture.

This event is co-sponsored by the Wagner College Holocaust Center. For Zoom link email holocaust.center@wagner.edu.


October 16, 2023
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Holocaust Center