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webinar > [Remembrance Day 2022] A Conversation with Edith Bruck

Data:

24/01/2022


webinar > [Remembrance Day 2022] A Conversation with Edith Bruck

Edith Bruck

 

On January 24, 2022, as part of our commemorations for International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2022, the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute invite you to an online conversation with Edith Bruck.

Edith Bruck is a holocaust survivor whose adopted home is Italy. Born to a poor Jewish family in Tiszabercel, Hungary, Bruck was deported to Auschwitz when she was only 12 years old. While Bruck’s parents and one brother died in the camps, Edith and her sister Eliz survived and were liberated in 1945. In 1954, she immigrated to Italy, where she found a new home in Rome and began to write the story of her life in Italian. Both a victim and a witness, Bruck has dedicated her whole life to writing and bearing testimony as a survivor of the Holocaust. Her latest book Il pane perduto (The Lost Bread) was one of the candidates for the 2021 Premio Strega, the most important Italian literary award.

The conversation will be led by Stefania Lucamante, Professor at the University of Cagliari, where she holds the Chair of Italian Contemporary Literature. Professor Emerita at the Catholic University of America Washington, DC, where she directed the Italian Studies Program, Prof. Lucamante has lectured and has been keynote speaker in many universities and in various conferences around the world. Her main fields of research concern representations of history and memory in Women’s contemporary literature and the role of passions in literature.

 

WHEN: January 24, 2022, at 12pm (ET)
WHERE: Zoom Webinar
EVENT LANGUAGE: English

 

This event is organized in collaboration with the University of Cagliari

  

Webinar (registration required)

 

  

 

 

EDITH BRUCK

Edith Bruck, born Edith Steinschreiber, is a holocaust survivor whose adopted home is Italy. She was born in 1932 to a poor Jewish family in Tiszabercel, Hungary. In 1944, her family, including her parents, her two brothers, and one of her sisters, were deported to Auschwitz. Her parents and one brother died in the camps (her mother at Auschwitz, her father at Dachau), but Edith and her sister Eliz survived their transfers to Dachau, Christianstadt, and Bergen-Belsen, and were liberated by the allies in 1945.

In 1954, she immigrated to Italy, where she found a new home in Rome. Both a victim and a witness, Bruck has dedicated her whole life to writing and bearing testimony as a survivor of the Holocaust. Her latest book “Il pane perduto” (The Lost Bread) was one of the candidates for the 2021 Premio Strega, the most important Italian literary award.

Unlike many testimonies of the holocaust, Bruck does not limit her narration to the events in the lager but narrates her childhood before her deportation and the continuing hostility of Europe toward the survivors, even after the war. Bruck has published poetry, stories, novels, and articles, all in Italian, and has worked on several films as a director and screenwriter.

 

STEFANIA LUCAMANTE

Stefania Lucamante is Professor at the University of Cagliari where she holds the Chair of Italian Contemporary Literature. She is Professor Emerita at the Catholic University of America Washington D.C. where she directed the Italian Studies Program. She has been Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto (2014-15), of Cagliari (2011), and Turin (2018). She has lectured and has been keynote speaker in many universities and in various conferences around the world. 

Her main fields of research concern representations of history and memory in Women’s contemporary literature and the role of passions in literature. She has authored Righteous Anger in Italian Cinematic and Literary Narrative (University of Toronto Press, 2020), Forging Shoah Memories: Italian Women Writers, Jewish Identity, and the Holocaust (Palgrave 2014), Quella difficile identità: rappresentazioni letterarie dell’ebraismo e della Shoah (Iacobelli, 2012), A Multitude of Women: The Challenges of the Contemporary Italian Novel (University of Toronto Press, 2008), Elsa Morante e l'eredità proustiana (Cadmo, 1998) and a monograph on Isabella Santacroce(Cadmo, 2002). She is the editor of Elsa Morante’s Politics of Writing: Rethinking Subjectivity, History, ad the Power of Art (Fairleigh-Dickinson UP 2014), Italy and the Bourgeoisie: The Re-Thinking of a Class (Fairleigh-Dickinson UP 2009) and Italian Pulp Ficton: The New Narrative of the Giovani Cannibali Writers (Fairleigh-Dickinson UP, 2001). With Sharon Wood she has edited the first collection of essays in English on Elsa Morante, Under Arturo's Star: The Cultural Legacies of Elsa Morante (Purdue UP, 2005). In 2008 she wrote the introduction of the 2007 symposium Memoria collettiva e memoria privata: il ricordo della Shoah come politica sociale, co-edited with Raniero Speelman, Monica Jansen and Silvia Gaiga. She sits on the Board, and is contributor of, several journals among which Quaderni d’ItalianisticaThe Modern Language Review, ItalicaPoetiche and Leggendaria among other journals. 

 

Informazioni

Data: Lun 24 Gen 2022

Orario: Dalle 12:00 alle 13:00

Organizzato da : Embassy of Italy, IIC Washington

Ingresso : Libero


Luogo:

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