"The Trace of the War Years": Gypsiology, Testimony, and the Romani Holocaust
(Conferences / Seminars / Lectures)
How did survivors of the Holocaust recount their experiences of persecution and suffering in the immediate aftermath of the event? Recent scholarship has focused on their testimony as an autobiographical and individualistic struggle to narrate traumatic experience in the face of a postwar silencing. In her lecture, Dr. Hegburg will examine an alternate history recorded in the contemporaneous accounts of Gypsiologists-folklorists, philologists, and ethnographers of Roma-as they witnessed the decimation of the communities they studied. In their writings, as well as in the modes of telling and retelling practiced by surviving Roma to the present day, traces of a collective and transnational testimonial genre emerge that challenge our conventional understandings of Holocaust testimony.
Dr. Krista Hegburg is a Program Officer in the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Her research focuses on reparations politics and the Romani Holocaust in the Czech Republic. She has taught in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and at the University of Lower Silesia in Wroclaw, Poland, where she was also a co-founder of the International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education.
Light refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by: Campus Outreach Lecture Program of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Jack, Joseph
and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, supported by the generosity of the
Jerome A. Yavitz Charitable Foundation, Inc. and Arlyn S. and Stephen H. Cypen.
MSU Sponsors: MSU Libraries, Digital Humanities in the College of Arts and Letters, Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities, Museum Studies Program, Jewish Studies Program, Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Peace & Justice Studies