Dr. Peter Filkins: “Writing History, Writing Biography: Capturing H.G. Adler's Many Worlds“

October 14, 2019

Dr. Peter Filkins, Bard College
“Writing History, Writing Biography: Capturing H.G. Adler's Many Worlds“ 

Monday, October 14, 4:30 PM
Wiebolt Hall, room 206

The biography of H.G. Adler (1910-88) is the story of a survivor of Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, and two other concentration camps who not only lived through the greatest cataclysm of the 20th century, but someone who also devoted his literary and scholarly career to telling the story of those who perished in over two dozen books of fiction, poetry, history, sociology, and religion. And yet for much of his life he remained almost entirely unknown. A writer's writer, a scholar of seminal, pioneering works on the Holocaust, a renowned radio essayist in postwar Germany, a last representative of the Prague Circle of literature headed by Kafka, a key contributor to the prosecution in the trial of Adolf Eichmann, Adler was a man of his time whose times lived through him.