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CFP for Panel on “Austrian and German Holocaust Memoirs” at the

42nd Annual Conference of the German Studies Association (GSA)
September 27-30, 2018
Pittsburgh, PA


This panel will explore Austrian and German Holocaust memoirs and examine a variety of questions relating but not limited to the question of whether Holocaust memoirs are literature or historical writings or a blend of both. Further, the panel will examine questions of gender that influence the narrative as well as questions of how these memoirs might serve as coping mechanisms for survivors of the Holocaust to remember traumatic events, which may also include issues of survivor guilt. Papers may also address how Holocaust memoirs may serve as identity markers and/or how the second generation of survivors may contribute to preserving the memory.

Papers on this panel could address, but are not limited, to the following topics:



•         Holocaust memoirs as literature

•         Holocaust memoirs as historical monographs

•         Gender and the Holocaust

•         Memory as a coping mechanism

•         Issues of survivor guilt

•         Challenges of remembering traumatic events

•         Holocaust memoirs as identity markers

•         Second generation Holocaust memoirs



Please send inquiries and proposals by January 15, 2017 to:


Joseph W. Moser [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
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Dr. Joseph W. Moser
Assistant Professor of German
Book Review Editor, Journal of Austrian Studies
Department of Languages and Cultures
Mitchell Hall 137
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383 U.S.A.
Office phone: +1-610-436-0062



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