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“Show, Shy, Shoah”: A Colloquium with Katja Petrowskaja on Language, Memory, and the Holocaust
“Show, Shy, Shoah”: A Colloquium with Katja Petrowskaja on Language, Memory, and the Holocaust
WhenTuesday, Oct 8, 2019, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Campus locationCommunications Building (CMU)
Campus roomCMU 202
Event typesAcademics, Lectures/Seminars, Meetings, Special Events
Event sponsorsOrganized by the Departments of Germanics and Slavic Languages & Literatures; and co-sponsored by the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, the Simpson Center’s Translation Studies Hub and the Transnational Approaches to Europe Colloquium Series, and the Goethe Pop Up Seattle.
Target AudienceGraduate Students, Undergraduate Students, and Faculty

Graduate students, undergrads, and faculty are invited to join acclaimed Ukrainian-German author, literary scholar, and journalist Katja Petrowskaja for a lunchtime colloquium on the process of writing and translating a multilingual, transnational family history whose archives have been erased by the Holocaust.

Petrowskaja garnered wide international acclaim with her book Vielleicht Esther (Maybe Esther) which was published in 2014 with Suhrkamp Verlag and has been translated into more than twenty languages. “An unfinished family history” in which Petrowskaja “writes about her journeys ... reflecting on a fragmented and traumatized century, and placing her focus on figures whose faces are no longer visible” (Suhrkamp). For an excerpt from its fifth chapter, titled “Maybe Esther,” she was awarded the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize in 2013.

Lunch will be provided and a limited number of copies of Maybe Esther will be available to confirmed participants beforehand.

Please RSVP to Prof. Jason Groves at

This event is being held in conjunction with Petrowskaja's talk the day before.

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