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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.

 

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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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In “Nailed to the rolls of honour, crucified: Irish Literary Responses to the Great War – The War Writings of Patrick MacGill, James Hanley, and Liam O’Flaherty” Robert Starr examines Irish perspectives on the First World War based on the works of three Roman Catholic Irishmen. What influences shaped Irish soldiers from the working class in those days? With what motives did they go into battle? And how did the soldier’s faith affect their attitude to the war? Starr tries to answer these questions. He looks at them in a European context and focuses on the fact that the working class saw military service as work and not as a duty or vocation.

Short description:

This book explores the war writings of Patrick MacGill, James Hanley, and Liam O’Flaherty, working class, Roman Catholic Irishmen, all of whom fought in the First World War as privates and who, collectively, it is argued, constitute a distinct trio of war writers. Through discussions focusing upon class, camaraderie, violence, religion, trauma, and the body, this book considers these Irish soldiers within a cultural, social, and historical context. Central to this examination is the idea that the motives for enlistment and the experience of army labor and even combat was such that military service was perceived as work rather than a duty or vocation undertaken in support of any prevailing doctrines of patriotism or sacrifice. The men’s Catholicism also shaped their aesthetic and philosophical responses to the war, even while the war conversely troubled their faith or confirmed their religious scepticism. The war writing of these men is located within both an Irish and a pan-European literary working class tradition, thereby permitting the texts to be viewed within a wider context than literature of the First World War, and from a perspective that goes beyond Ireland and Britain. These characteristics shape a perspective on the conflict very different from that of the canonical officer-writers, men such as Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, or Edmund Blunden, whose work is considered alongside those of the three Irish soldier-writers.

About the author:

Robert Starr began studying English Literature later in life having previously worked in such diverse occupations as law enforcement in England and music while living on the east coast of America. Attending the Universities of Central England, Cambridge, and Warwick, where he completed his PhD, Starr developed an interest in the men who form the cornerstone to this text. Having an Irish heritage, his desire was to bring to the fore the experiences of Catholic soldiers from Ireland who fought in the British army, men who historically have received little attention.

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Herbstprogramm 2020

Sep 8, 2020 11:19:15 AM

Politik, Gesellschaft, Sprache, Literatur und Belletristik - nur ein kleiner Ausschnitt der Fachrichtungen, die von unseren Neuererscheinungen im Herbst 2020 abgedeckt werden. Stöbern Sie in unserem aktuellen Programm und entdecken Sie Spannendes, Wissenswertes und Lehrreiches.

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Posted By Valerie Lange

Humanity today is mainly concerned with the question of how we can live our unpredictable and limited existence in order to live a long and healthy life. Highly developed medicine helps us to do this. Very few, instead, want to think about the end. But since time is the condition of all human experience – but for us mortals it is limited – the answers to the current challenges in medical practice are increasingly linked to answers to philosophical questions.

In "The Practice of Medicine as Being in Time" Raymond C. Barfield deals with the symbiosis between medicine and philosophy and attempts to show that the meaning and purpose of medical practice is inseparable from existence in time.

Featured Reviews:

“Dr. Barfield has incredibly insightful words for these changing times in medicine. His exquisite craftsmanship in this text is impressive, but especially his keen ability to expertly circumnavigate this complex topic that is so important to us all – health and human life in the modern era.” Dr. David Markham, Emory University.

"Is Raymond Barfield a physician who happens to be a philosopher or a philosopher who happens to be a physician? One thing is for sure: he’s able to use words in ways that remind us of their overwhelming meaning – words like “disease,” “love,” “death,” and “How can I help today?” As our vast healthcare systems suffer from the illnesses of managed care and the bottom line, this book is an urgent and humane exploration of what the practice of medicine is all about." Prof. Scott Samuelson, author of Seven Ways of Looking at Pointless Suffering and The Deepest Human Life.

Short description:

This is an exciting but difficult time for the practice of medicine. The impact of corporate transformation on practice is part of a larger cultural crisis. The arena of medicine is a testing ground for our responses to this crisis because it is so closely and directly connected to our bodies.

The limitation of time gives our lives the arc of a story, with a beginning, a middle and an end. Unfortunately, many of us in the modern world avoid thinking about limits in our lives – especially the limit of our time called death. The practice of medicine serves people who have reached limits in their lives caused by the threat of illness and death. Because good medical practice is so closely linked to the complex effects these threats have on our limited lives, this book argues that the meaning and purpose of medical practice is inextricably linked to existence in time.

The book will be published on 20.10.2020.

 

About the author:

Raymond Barfield is Professor of Pediatrics and Christian Philosophy at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He received his MD and his PhD (in philosophy) from Emory University. He is a pediatric oncologist and palliative care physician with an interest in expanding the role of the humanities and the arts in the formation of physicians. He teaches philosophy in the Divinity School at Duke. He has published widely in medicine, philosophy, and literature, including several books: Life in the Blind Spot (poetry), The Book of Colors (a novel), The Ancient Quarrel Between Poetry and Philosophy, Wager: Beauty, Suffering, and Being in the World, and The Poetic Apriori: Philosophical Imagination in a Meaningful Universe. He was the founding director of three programs at Duke: Pediatric Quality of Life and Palliative Care, Theology, Medicine, and Culture and Reimagine Medicine. Currently he is the director of the Medical Humanities Program for the Trent Center for Bioethics, Medical Humanities, and History of Medicine in the Medical School. Ray is married to Karen Barfield, an Episcopal priest. They have two children, Micah and Alexandra, and one grandson named Crew.

 

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Treffen Sie Uta Mitsching-Viertel und Ellen Händler auf ihrer Lesereise. Die Autorinnen lesen aus ihrem aktuellen Buch "Unerhörte Ostfrauen" und laden zu einem regen Austausch ein. 

 

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The use of ambiguity in art and photography can be a conscious or unconscious act - but it influences the way we react. Ambiguity is rarely discussed, but as a means of expression it is of great importance. In “Ambiguity Revisited – Communicating with Pictures” acclaimed writer and photographer Stuart Franklin offers a fresh way of exploring ambiguity.

Featured Reviews:

“By relating the concept of ambiguity to the image-viewer relationship, Stuart Franklin provides a major contribution to the debate about the communicative and interactive approaches within the visual arts. He shows that as representations are made readable, they are integrated into active processes of meaning-construction.”—Professor Karen Fromm, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hannover

"A well-informed and thoughtful book. Enriched with historical and theoretical references, the chapter on ’Time’ gave me a greater understanding of the representation of time in photography/film."—Chino Otsuka, Photographer, Associate Professor of Film and Photography, Richmond, The American International University in London, UK

Short description:

“Ambiguity Revisited” is concerned with the manner in which pictures communicate with the spectator. Its focus lies in those fluid, indeterminate spaces where our reading of images, in art and photography, exercises and draws upon our imagination, memory, and experience. Sir William Empson’s seminal (1930) text: Seven Types of Ambiguity is used as a springboard to discussion, towards a fresh way of exploring ambiguity beyond English literature, and in a broader framework to that contained in John Berger’s (1989) Another Way of Telling. The use of ambiguity in art and photography, as in literature, is both a conscious and an unconscious act; and ambiguity influences the way in which we respond to work, from Leonardo da Vinci’s portraits to the photographer William Eggleston’s engaging and idiosyncratic reflections on America’s Deep South. This ambiguity is a force for good, or at least one to be reckoned with, due to its participatory nature in actively engaging with, or masking itself from, the viewer. Ambiguity is infrequently discussed but is highly relevant as an expressive device. It holds a position at the core of communication within the visual arts. As society becomes influenced increasingly by communications delivered in a visual form, so we, the consumers, require tools, more than ever, to engage with the work.

 

About the author:

Acclaimed writer and photographer Professor Stuart Franklin studied drawing and painting, photography and history of art as well as geography in Oxford, Whitechapel, London, and West Surrey College of Art and Design. In 1989, as a full member of Magnum Photos, Franklin photographed the uprising in Tiananmen Square and shot one of the Tank Man photographs, first published in Time Magazine, as well as widely documenting the uprising in Beijing, earning him a World Press Photo Award. He was awarded a professorship in documentary photography in 2016 by Volda University College, Norway. In the same year he published The Documentary Impulse (Phaidon). In 2017, Franklin was the general chair of the World Press Photo jury. In recent years, Franklin has received commissions from, and published articles in, Oxford University Press, Harper's Magazine, The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, the Financial Times Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, London, and Art Magazine, Hamburg.

 

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Mass Murder and Serial Murder

Jul 22, 2020 2:00:00 PM

Although mass murderers and serial killers describe two different categories, they also have a lot in common. What distinguishes the two categories from each other and what connects them? In "Mass Murder and Serial Murder" Arnon Edelstein proposes a completely new category – "mass serial murder" – and calls for an integrative theoretical model instead of the current research models.

Short description:

While "mass murder" refers to the murder of several people at the same time, "serial murder" describes several murders by the same perpetrator in a repetitive pattern. These incidents usually claim a high number of victims and cause considerable public anxiety. Nevertheless, the rate of finding murderers in these cases is relatively very low, especially for serial killings, if they are ever caught at all. Anon Edelstein examines the different categories of mass murder and serial murder and combines them into a new category, "mass serial murder". In "Mass Murder and Serial Murder" he presents and criticizes the most recent research and theoretical literature in this field and proposes an integrative theoretical model instead. This groundbreaking volume is intended for criminologists, psychologists, sociologists, students, and readers who are interested in truly understanding the complicated aspects of this fascinating field of investigation.

 

"Mass Murder and Serial Murder" will be published on 27.10.2020.

About the author:

Arnon Edelstein is a professor in criminology teaching students from the armed forces at Ashkelon Academic College in Israel. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the Institute of Criminology in the Department of Law of the Hebrew University. In addition, he is CEO of Re-integration LTD, a project to re-integrate ex-prisoners into the community.

Edelstein investigates the field of youth at risk and has published numerous articles on delinquency and deviance among immigrant youth. He is author of the criminology monographs Criminal Career and Serial Criminality (2006) and Intimate Partner Femicide in Israel (2011). Prof. Edelstein is married, has three children, and the family lives in the South of Israel.

 

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