JEWS, ANTISEMITISM, AND THE HOLOCAUST IN ROMANIA
A Festveranstaltung for Irina Livezeanu
Jewish Studies Program
University of Pittsburgh
Location: Cathedral of Learning 501/Zoom
Date: Friday, November 12, 2021
This unique event brings together former students, colleagues, and associates of Irina Livezeanu’s, many of them specialists in the history, art, and culture of Romanian Jews or Romanian fascism, to discuss Jewish lives, creativity, and persecution during the Holocaust, and the memory of these earlier times. Held to celebrate Irina Livezeanu's retirement from the University of Pittsburgh, "Image and Memory: Jews, Antisemitism, and the Holocaust in Romania" deals with major themes that have occupied her writing and teaching over several decades. The event involves four roundtables that are open to the public. The first roundtable uses images and interviews to investigate Jewish lives before and after the Holocaust; the second—artwork and writings by Jewish members of Romania's twentieth century avant-garde movements; the third—propaganda photographs of Romanian fascists and the Holocaust; the fourth is a screening and discussion of director Radu Jude's 2018 feature film, "I do not care if we go down in history as barbarians," which deals with how contemporary Romanians remember the role of Romania’s Nazi-allied government in World War II.
Film screening: 2:40-5pm
Film discussion: 5:10-6:10pm
Attendees affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh can view the film at any time through Kanopy by looking up I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians on the ULS web site
Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer, ‘What’s wrong with this picture?’ in Marianne Hirsch, The Generation of Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture After the Holocaust (New York: Columbia University Press, 2012), 55-78.