Panel Presentations

Authors

Elizabeth S. Topolosky '14, Gettysburg College

Location

Breidenbaugh Hall 307

Session

German Studies Capstone: Memory, Culture and Identity in German-Speaking Countries of the Present

Start Time

5-3-2014 9:00 AM

End Time

5-3-2014 10:15 AM

Supervising Faculty Member

Laurel Cohen-Pfister

Department

German Studies

Description

This paper examines why certain human-created traumas, especially genocides, are forgotten while others become established topics of public and intellectual discourse. The Herero Genocide in German West-Africa of 1904 to 1907 serves as the main example of these "forgotten traumas." In particular this paper focuses on the time period of the genocide, the progress of technology at this time, and the identity of the victims as possible reasons for the "weakness" of the memory of this event.

 
May 3rd, 9:00 AM May 3rd, 10:15 AM

Desert Fog: The Disappearing Memory of the Herero Genocide

Breidenbaugh Hall 307

This paper examines why certain human-created traumas, especially genocides, are forgotten while others become established topics of public and intellectual discourse. The Herero Genocide in German West-Africa of 1904 to 1907 serves as the main example of these "forgotten traumas." In particular this paper focuses on the time period of the genocide, the progress of technology at this time, and the identity of the victims as possible reasons for the "weakness" of the memory of this event.