Killing Time, Saving Time: Calendars and the Holocaust


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  • Speaker: Alan Rosen, International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem & other Holocaust study centers
  • Host Department: Judaic Studies, Frankel Center for
  • Date: 02/17/2015
  • Time: 04:00 PM

  • Location: 202 S. Thayer St., Room 2022, Ann Arbor

  • Description:

    How would our lives be changed if we had no idea what day it was? No idea when we should observe religious holidays or mark the passing of another year? Dr. Alan Rosen examines these intriguing questions in the context of the Holocaust when Jews in ghettos, camps, and in hiding were compelled to develop innovative strategies to track time, maintain continuity with the past, and envision a future.

    Avraham (Alan) Rosen is the author or editor of ten books. He is most recently the author of The Wonder of Their Voices: The 1946 Holocaust Interviews of David Boder (Oxford UP, 2010; updated paper edition 2012), and Sounds of Defiance: The Holocaust, Multilingualism and the Problem of English (U of Nebraska P, paper 2008); the collaborator on a German edition of I Did Not Interview the Dead, by David Boder (Winter Verlag, 2011); and the editor of Elie Wiesel: Jewish, Literary, and Moral Perspectives (Indiana UP, 2013, finalist, National Jewish Book Awards) and Literature of the Holocaust (Cambridge UP, 2013).
    He was a research fellow of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah from 2006-2009. He has also held fellowships at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; the International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem; the Katz Center for Advanced Jewish Studies, University of Pennsylvania, and the Archives for the History of American Psychology, University of Akron. He recently served as the Wilkenfeld Scholar in Holocaust Education in Sydney, Australia. He has taught at universities and colleges in Israel and the United States, and lectures regularly on Holocaust Literature at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies and other Holocaust study centers. Born and raised in Los Angeles, educated in Boston under the direction of Elie Wiesel, he lives in Jerusalem with his wife and four children. His current book projects include a monograph  entitled, “Killing Time, Saving Time: Calendars and the Holocaust.” His article, “Tracking Jewish Time in Auschwitz,” is scheduled to appear in fall, 2014 in Yad Vashem Studies.