Night and Fog (Documentary)
French documentary from 1955
Night and Fog: name of the movement to make all political enemies disappear
-Termed by Heinrich Himmler
Henri Michael (1907-1986)
The Tragedy of Deportations: exhibition about the horrors of the Hol
Questions for Schindlers List (S. Spielberg, 1993)
1. Whos Oscar Schindler, at the beginning of the film, and what makes him tick?
An aspiring war profiteer, who wants to eat, drink, and make merry, and isnt
concerned about the Jews. He hires Jewish worke
Lecture 6 Questions
1. What are Levis strategies for getting through nights in the camp?
2. How does he manage the challenge/ordeal of the work?
3. How does Levi bolster his credibility as a witness in these and other
4. What does Levi mean by t
Prof. Paul Reitter
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The Holocaust in German Literature and Film
(interlocking) Course objective
Questions for Maus II
1. How is Maus II different from Maus I?
Maus II is even more self-reflexive. Maus I reflects on its own creation by telling the
story of how it came to be. But Maus II goes even further, suggesting that even in
this non-fiction work
486 Hagerty Hall T/Th 11-12
Intro the Holocaust & Basic History
There is no definitive account of the Holocaust and the causes leading up to it
-Scholars have many competing interpretations of what was the critical cause
5.8 million Jews die
Viewing Questions for Night and Fog
1.) How is this film marked by its historical context, including the crucial
representations of the Holocaust?
The crucial context is silence, and the film attempts to break that silence in light of the
Key Works of Holocaust Literature
Escape from Freedom, Erich Fromm (1941)
o Before there were interpretations of the Holocaust, there were
interpretations of the Nazi regime
o Focuses on the Freudian aspects of the rise of the 3 rd Reich
Believed that t
Final Study Guide
G erm a n 3 2 52: T h e H o loc a u s t i n L i t era t u re a n d Fi l m (Spring 2 0 1 6 )
Multiple Choice (20 pts.): Following each topic is a number that indicates how many questions
will be taken from the lectures on the following
Holocaust Exam Review
1. Auschwitz or other concentration camps have been co
Night and Fog:
Documentary exposing the Holocaust
Functionalist approach: Hitler
Intentionalist: land acquisition in Russianeeded farm land. Would kill those along the
Lecture 2 , #2 What is important?
1. What kind
1. How did Levi experience liberation? Is his account of liberation what we might expect it
a. Conventional memory versus genuine memory
i. Remember events as they were presented in pop culture
ii. Expected to be a great relief, happy, fr
1. What kind of documentary is Night and Fog?
a. Art film and political pamphlet
i. Cutting between color and black and white footage, scoring, poetic words
ii. Hard-hitting, get word of brutality to many people, short
2. How do the films form a
LEADERSHIP AND WILL: ADOLF
HITLER, THE NATIONAL SOCIALIST
GERMAN WORKERS' PARTY, AND
he previous chapter described some preconditions for developments in
the Nazi era: historical antisemitism, eugenics, racism, negative German
Lecture 8 Questions
1) How did Levi experience liberation? Is his account of liberation what we
might expect it to be?
2) How does Levis account of liberation connect with the issue of his credibility
as a witness?
3) Staying with this general issue, Schi
Questions for Lecture #3
1. Who was Primo Levi?
2. Why do so many people regard him as the greatest chronicler of the
3. What is the stated goal of Survival in Auschwitz?
4. What does that goal tell us about Levi as a witness?
5. What kind of a
Lecture #2 Questions
1. What ideas about the Holocaust does Timothy Snyder seem to be arguing
2. What factors does he stress as being crucial to a proper understanding of the
3. What is radical about his understanding of the Holocaust?
Lecture 7 Questions
1. Weve discussed how Schindlers List introduces Schindler to us, but what
about the Jews? How are they introduced to us?
2. And the Nazis?
3. And the Poles?
4. Film is a primarily a visual form, so lets take a moment to start thinking
Lecture 5 Questions
1. What interpretive challenges does Levi face upon entering Auschwitz? What
does he need to learn right away in order to survive?
2. Who is Steinlauf, why is he notable?
3. Who is Null Achtzehn, and why is he notable?
4. What are Levi
German 3252: Representations of the Holocaust in German
Literature and Film
Prof. Paul Reitter
Hagerty Hall 180
Hagerty Hall 326
Office hours: Tu 2-3:30 and by
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Lecture #4 Questions
1. What is the stated goal of Survival in Auschwitz? (Im asking the first two
again because we didnt discuss them on Thurs)
2. What does that goal tell us about Levi as a witness?
3. Why does The Last Days focus on 5 Hungarian Holocau
Lecture 9 Questions
1. Warm up question: Who is Olga Lengyel? How does she wind up in
2. What kind of person is she? How does her perspective and mode of
expression compare with the corresponding features in Levis memoir? How
does Lengyels pers
A Plea for the Dead
I was not quite fifteen when, for the first time, completely fascinated, I
was present at a strange discussion about dignity and death and the possible relationship between the two.
People who were dead and did not know it yet were
1. Let's take a moment to reflect on the comic book
form. It's easy to imagine people taking offense at
the Holocaust being represented this way. Yet they
didn't, Maus was a huge commmercial and critical
success. Why does the comic book format work so
RACISM, AND COMMON PREJUDICES
n order for a house to bum dOwn, three things are required. The timber
must be dry and combustible, there needs to be a spark that ignites it, and
A certain xed image has been proposed innumerable times, consecrate
by literature and poetry, and picked up by the cinema: "the quiet aim
the storm, when all hearts rejoice. "To be freed from pain / is delight-
for us. The disease ru