Wednesday 12 February
In his memoir ‘Night’, his novel ‘The Town Beyond the Wall’ and autobiography ‘All Rivers Run to the Sea’, Elie Wiesel describes the phenomenon of personal inaction during the Shoah, which he witnessed himself.
In this Lunchtime Lecture Christin Zühlke will aim to contextualise Wiesel’s description of the bystander, arguing that the bystander’s failure to intervene is an immoral act. The bystander represents an ethical question which the text, by design, fails to resolve.
Christin will also provide a unique insight into being a researcher on Jewish history and the Holocaust in modern Germany.
Christin Zühlke is a PhD student at the Center of Research and Antisemitism, Technical University Berlin, Germany. She is completing her PhD on the ‘Response to Evil in Nazi Ideology and Practice – The Case of the Sonderkommando and its Yiddish Writings’. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and German Literature and Linguistics, and a Master’s degree in Jewish Studies and Philosophy from the University of Jewish Studies Heidelberg, Germany. She has worked in political and historical education for several years, has been the recipient of several scholarships including a research scholarship at the Hebrew University Jerusalem. She has completed internships at the Jewish Museum Berlin and Yad Vashem. Christin has contributed to several publications, is a prominent academic speaker and has undertaken a number of Yiddish translations.