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The Treblinka Death Camp

Mar 2, 2021 2:00:00 PM

"The Treblinka Death Camp: History, Biographies, Remembrance" is not the first book about the Treblinka death camp - but it is a stand-out. Webb and Chocholaty's work presents the definitive account of one of history's most notorious death factories, where some 800,000 people lost their lives. The Nazis who ran the camp, the Ukrainian guards and maids, the Jewish survivors, and the Poles who lived in the camp's shadow - every aspect is covered in this stunningly comprehensive work.

For this second, revised edition, the authors have incorporated new information and provided sources for the Jewish Memorial Roll.

Review:

"A mightily important book, one sure to contribute to both scholarly and popular understandings of this human inferno – highly relevant for those wanting to better understand the Nazis' unprecedented, industrialized mass-murder that formed such a horrifically integral part of the Holocaust." – Dr. Matthew Feldmann, Teesside University

About the book:

“The Treblinka Death Camp: History, Biographies, Remembrance” attempts to provide a Roll of Remembrance with biographies of the Jews who perished in the death camp as well as of those who escaped from Treblinka in individual efforts or as part of the mass prisoner uprising on August 2nd, 1943. It also includes unique and previously unpublished sketches of the camp's ramp area and gas chamber, drawn by the survivors. For this second, revised edition, the authors incorporated new information and provided sources for the Jewish Roll of Remembrance. A significant number of new entries have been added. The Roll of Remembrance has also been greatly expanded to include the names of Jews deported from Germany to Treblinka. In addition, more names have been added to the Perpetrators’ biographies, and other entries have also been enhanced with additional information.

 

About the author:

Chris Webb has been studying the Holocaust for over forty years. He is the co-founder of the Holocaust Education and Archive Research Team (H.E.A.R.T), one of the most visited websites on the Holocaust in the world.

 

Michal Chocholatý is a historian who focuses on Treblinka and Sobibor.

 

Library access:

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Please contact our library service at library@ibidem.eu for further information and for ordering an online subscription.

Posted By Janina Wittlif

Our author Mychailo Wynnyckyj, Canadian-Ukrainian Professor and a first-hand observer of Maidan, held a book presentation live online in February and shared his insights about the Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity in conversation with Ukraine experts Professor Andreas Umland and Dr Olesya Khromeychuk. You can find a video of this fascinating discussion here

About the book

In his recent book Ukraine's Maidan, Russia's War, published as the first volume of the Ukrainian Voices book series, Professor Wynnyckyj provides a chronicle of Ukraine’s Maidan and Russia’s on-going war and puts forth an analysis of the Revolution of Dignity from the perspective of a participant observer.

About the series

The Ukrainian Voices book series includes English- and German-language monographs, edited volumes, document collections, and anthologies of articles authored and composed by Ukrainian politicians, intellectuals, activists, officials, researchers, entrepreneurs, artists, and diplomats. The series aims to introduce Western and broader audiences to Ukrainian explorations and interpretations of historic and current domestic as well as international affairs. The purpose of these books is to familiarize non-Ukrainian readers with how some prominent Ukrainians approach, research, and assess their country’s development and position in the world. The series was founded in 2019 and is edited by Andreas Umland.

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In "History and Race in Caryl Phillips's The Nature of Blood," Maria Festa examines the 1997 novel "Caryl Phillips's The Nature of Blood," which deals with exclusion and discrimination throughout history, with a particular focus on the Jewish and African Diasporas. In her work Festa also provides a historical excursus on the concept of race.

Review:

"In her reading of Caryl Phillips’s The Nature of Blood, Maria Festa studies the unique ways in which the narrative of racism, Nazi camps, traumatic memory, and black consciosness meet the issues of historical imagination. Literature and traumatic fiction are here once again the source of a tenacious counter-memory." – Roberto Beneduce, Professor of Medical and Psychological Anthropology, University of Turin, and co-author of Frantz Fanon: Psychiatry and Politics

About the book:

This monograph examines Caryl Phillips’s The Nature of Blood (1997), a novel exploring recurring expressions of exclusion and discrimination throughout history with particular focus on Jewish and African Diasporas and the storytelling of its migrant characters. Particular attention is given to the analysis of characters revealing different facets of the Jewish question. Maria Festa also provides a historical excursus on the notion of race and considers another character alluding to Shakespeare’s Othello to expose the paradoxes of the relationship between subjugator and subjugated. The study makes the case that among the novel’s most remarkable achievements is Phillips’s effort to redress the absence of the Other from our history, that by depicting experiences of displacement, and by confronting readers with seemingly disconnected narrative fragments, The Nature of Blood is a reminder of the missing stories, the voices – marginalised and often racialized – that Western history has consistently failed to include in its accounts of the past and arguably its present.

 

About the author:

Maria Festa has an MA in Anglophone Postcolonial Literature from the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Modern Cultures, University of Turin, Italy. She is contributor to and co-editor with Carmen Concilio of Word and Image in Literature and the Visual Arts (Mimesis International 2016). She has published articles on Anglophone cultures and literatures for the journals RiCognizioni, From the European South, Lectures du monde anglophone, CoSMo.

 

Library access:

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Please contact our library service at library@ibidem.eu for further information and for ordering an online subscription.

Posted By Janina Wittlif

The Child of the Sun

Feb 16, 2021 2:00:00 PM

"The Child of the Sun", edited by Silvia Irina Zimmermann, focuses on the two Romanian Queen Consorts, Elizabeth (Carmen Sylva) and Marie of Romania. Both of whom became famous - even internationally - as writers during their lifetimes. This lovingly collected, critically edited volume contains the most valuable stories and essays of the Queen Consorts, either in English translation (Carmen Sylva) or in the original English version (Marie of Romania).

Review:

”Silvia Zimmermann’s merit is a significant one, namely that of rediscovering Carmen Sylva who has not only been a creator, but also an important mediator between the Romanian and the German culture. […] Zimmermann’s substantial work is inspiring for everyone involved in the scientific research of German-Romanian cultural studies.”—Prof. Dr. Maria Sass, University of Sibiu (Romania)

About the book:

“Carmen Sylva, when she discovered that I was writing, instead of laughing at me and being ironical about my modest attempts at literature, encouraged me from the very first in every way. She was getting old, her imagination was running dry, and she declared that mine had come just in time to replace hers, which was a generous thing to say. She declared that it was a happy and blessed discovery that I could hold a pen, and no end of kind and enthusiastic things. She spurred me on to write, and each time I had finished a story she immediately wanted to have it so as to translate it into German.” Queen Marie of Romania about Carmen Sylva (Queen Elisabeth of Romania). The history of the monarchy in Romania and of its four kings would be incomplete without the story of the queen consorts, who seem to have been even more fascinating personalities than the kings were. Especially the first two queen consorts, Elisabeth (Carmen Sylva) and Marie of Romania, became famous as writers during their lifetime. They both wrote in their mother tongues, Elisabeth in German and Marie in English, and published many of their books, not only in Romania, but also abroad, thus reaching a widespread readership, worldwide publicity, and literary recognition.

About the author:

Dr. Silvia Irina Zimmermann is coordinator of the Research Center Carmen Sylva of the Princely Archive of Wied. She has published several books, new editions, and studies about the life and writings of Carmen Sylva (born Princess Elisabeth of Wied, the first Queen of Romania).

 

Library access:

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Please contact our library service at library@ibidem.eu for further information and for ordering an online subscription.

Posted By Janina Wittlif

Mychailo Wynnyckyj on "UKRAINE'S MAIDAN, RUSSIA'S WAR": Online seminar, February 17th


ibidem author and first-hand observer of Maidan, Mychailo Wynnyckyj, will discuss its global dimensions with Ukraine experts in an online seminar presented by the British-Ukrainian Aid.


The webinar is dedicated to the 7th Anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine. A book launch of the first volume of our “Ukrainian Voices” series – "Ukraine's Maidan, Russia's War" – will be followed by a panel discussion. In addition to Mychailo Wynnyckyj, the panelists are Dr Olesya Khromeychuk, guest editor of ibidem’s Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society, vol. 6.1 on Gender, Nationalism, and Citizenship in Anti-Authoritarian Protests in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine, and Andreas Umland, series editor of “Ukrainian Voices” and “Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society”.

Date and Time

Wed, 17 February 2021

18:00 – 19:30 CET

More information and registration - to click here 

Once tickets are booked, participants will be sent the Joining Details with a Zoom link on 16th February. There is a limited number of FREE tickets, they'll be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Posted By Janina Wittlif

The Chelmno Death Camp

Jan 12, 2021 2:00:00 PM

"The Chelmno Death Camp" by Artur Hojan and Chris Webb provides a detailed account of the first Nazi death camp. The two authors take an in-depth look at the structure and development of the National Socialists' mass murder procedure - gas vans were established at Chelmno as the first mass use of poison gas to kill Jews - and utilize both victim and perpetrator sources.

Review:

"Chelmno is still relatively unknown, even amongst esteemed historians of the Holocaust. The importance of Chelmno in the development of the Holocaust is also not well understood and is certainly under-researched. This book is therefore timely. As always, Chris Webb brings his own style to the problem of how to write about the Nazi death camps while respecting the memory of the victims." - Cameron Munro, Tiergarten4 Association e.V.

 

"A crucial extension to our body of knowledge on the Holocaust, The Chelmno Death Camp: History, Biographies, Remembrance is an authoritative and well-researched account of the construction, historical context, and liquidation of Hitler’s first death camp.

Drawing on detailed accounts from Jewish prisoners, perpetrator biographies and war crime trials, Chris Webb and the late Artur Hojan paint a characteristically rich picture of the atrocities that happened at Chelmno, as well as providing an impactful list of remembrance.

Going forward, this book is a great resource for modern historians and students of the Holocaust who wish to understand more about how Chelmno sparked wider developments in the systematic murder of six million Jews from 1941 to 1945." - Dr William Allchorn, Associate Director of the Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR) and Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Leeds.

About the book:

This book is a comprehensive account of the Chelmno death camp. Chelmno was not only the first Nazi death camp, it also set a horrific example in establishing gas vans as the first mass use of poison gas to kill Jews. Chris Webb and Artur Hojan cover the construction and the development of the mass murder process, as perfected by the Nazis. The story is painstakingly told from all sides, the Jewish inmates, some who survived the Holocaust, the perpetrators, the Polish Arbeitskommando, and others. A major part of this work is the Jewish Roll of Remembrance that includes the few survivors and the Jews deported from the Reich, via the Litzmannstadt ghetto, to their deaths in the gas vans. The book is richly illustrated with historical and contemporary photographs and documents.

About the author:

Chris Webb has been studying the Holocaust for over forty-five years. He has published five books on Hitler’s extermination camps. He has also given lectures and presentations at several universities on Aktion Reinhardt and other aspects of the Holocaust. He has founded and co-founded a number of Holocaust websites and has acted as an advisor to the Imperial War Museum and the BBC. He is also a member of the Tiergartenstrasse4 Association and a member of CARR.

Artur Hojan (1973–2013) was a Polish historian and author, also a well-regarded expert on Hitler’s T4 Euthanasia program and Herbert Lange, the first commandant of Chelmno. A founder of the Tiergartenstrasse4 Association. He lost his life in 2013; his original research has been used in this book. The book is dedicated to his memory.

 

Library access:

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Please contact our library service at library@ibidem.eu for further information and for ordering an online subscription.

Posted By Janina Wittlif
Between 2014 and 2019 the renowned Ukrainian journalist Nataliya Gumenyuk traveled to the occupied Crimea, where she collected the stories of people whose lives were changed by the Russian annexation.
In a conversation with Ukraine expert Dr. Andreas Umland, Nataliya Gumenyuk shares the experiences that form the basis of her book. The translator Johann Zajaczkowski gives a brief introduction. The German translation of "The Lost Island: Stories from the Occupied Crimea" is published in the book series Ukrainian Voices by ibidem Press. 
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Prof. Dr. Eva Leitzke-Ungerer ist in der Didaktik der romanischen Sprachen für ihre Arbeit über Probleme der allgemeinen Fremdsprachendidaktik und deren Konkretisierung im schulischen Kontext, ihre sprach-, literatur- und kulturwissenschaftliche Einordnungen und nicht zuletzt ihre Schriften über die Bedeutung von Film und Musik für den Fremdsprachenunterricht ein Begriff. In der Festschrift „A la croisée des chemins … Wege einer fachübergreifenden Fremdsprachendidaktik“, herausgegeben von Christophe Losfeld, versammeln sich Beiträge von Kollegen und Weggefährten, die mit ihren Beiträgen das Werk Leitzke-Ungerers würdigen.

Über die Festschrift:

Eva Leitzke-Ungerer ist seit 2006 Professorin für Didaktik der romanischen Sprachen am Institut für Romanistik der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg. In dieser Zeit hat sie nicht nur zahlreiche Studierende auf ihre berufliche Tätigkeit grundlegend vorbereitet, sondern durch ihre umfangreichen Forschungsarbeiten einen wesentlichen Beitrag zur Didaktik der romanischen Sprachen geleistet. Die 16 im Band veröffentlichten Beiträge spiegeln das Wirken von Eva Leitzke-Ungerer wider.

Über den Herausgeber:

Christophe Losfeld, agrégé d’allemand, ist Gymnasiallehrer und Fachbetreuer für Französisch in Sachsen-Anhalt sowie außerplanmäßiger Professor am Institut für Romanistik der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg.

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"Pop Beckett: Intersections with Popular Culture", edited by Paul Stewart and David Pattie, tells the intimate relation between Beckett’s work and popular culture.

Featured Reviews:

"Samuel Beckett – the ‘moody man of letters’ – can be found in the most unexpected places, from the Muppets to Game of Thrones. The essays in this superb volume patiently explore new tributaries of Beckett’s reception and examine his status as a pop, ‘mod’ icon. In so doing, they reveal new perspectives for understanding both Beckett’s works and his legacies, showing both how he engages with popular culture as well as how popular culture engages with Beckett." – Dr Sam Slote, Trinity College Dublin

Short description:

When Samuel Beckett’s work first appeared, it was routinely described, by Adorno amongst others, as a clear example of European high culture. However, this judgement ignored an aspect of Beckett’s work and its reception that is, arguably, not yet fully understood; the intimate relation between his work and popular culture. Beckett used popular cultural forms; but popular culture has also found a place both for the work and for the man. This collection of essays examines how popular cultural forms and media are woven into the fabric of Beckett’s works, and how Beckett continues to have far-reaching impact on popular culture today in a host of different forms, in film and on television, from comics to meme culture, tourism to marketing.

 

About the editors:

Paul Stewart is Professor of Literature at the University of Nicosia. He is the author of two books on Beckett—Sex and Aesthetics in Samuel Beckett’s Works (Palgrave, 2011) and Zone of Evaporation: Samuel Beckett’s Disjunctions (Rodopi, 2006)—and the series editor for ‘Samuel Beckett in Company’, published by ibidem Press. He has published widely on Beckett in such journals as The Journal of Beckett Studies and Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd’hui. He is also a creative writer (his novel Now Then was published by Armida in 2014) and a performer in theatre, television, and film.

David Pattie is Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of three books (The Complete Critical Guide to Samuel Beckett (2001), Rock Music in Performance (2007), and Modern British Playwrights: the 1950s (2012)). He has also co-edited two books with Sean Albiez: Kraftwerk: Music Non-Stop (2010) and Brian Eno: Oblique Music (2016). Furthermore, he was part of the Staging Beckett research project, and he has published extensively on Beckett, contemporary performance, popular culture, popular music, and Scottish theatre.

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