GERMANY IN CONTEMPORARY JEWISH AWARENESS
Thu Jan 19, 7:00pm FREE REGISTER
De-Integrate! A Jewish Survival Guide for the 21st Century
Translated from German by JON CHO-POLIZZI
A controversial, often humorous and best-selling polemic in Germany, De-Integrate! is a battle cry against Jewish assimilation into a dominant culture that seeks to paint over the past –
and a handbook for minorities on how to embrace their differences and resist rising nationalism, anti-semitism, xenophobia, and racism.
MAX CZOLLEK is a poet, publicist, and political scientist. He received his doctorate from the Center for Research on Anti-Semitism in Berlin and is particularly well known for his theatrical and essayistic work surrounding memory culture, integration, and Jewish identity in post-war Germany.
IN PARTNERSHIP with UBC Dept. of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK LAUNCH AND EXHIBIT OPENING
Thu Jan 26, 7:00pm FREE REGISTER
Berlin – A Jewish Ode to the Metropolis
“I lived on kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek as a child with my two brothers in the mid 1970s. Every year on Yom Kippur we were brought to the local Holocaust memorial, asked to stand in silence and hear about the persecution and death experienced by our people at the hands of the Nazis.”
He goes on to describe growing up with fear about Germany and the German people. But later, when invited to Berlin, he confronted his fear and preconceptions by photographing the city with an eye towards places where Jews were hidden or deported, combined with images of today’s Berlin. The project shows the city’s dark past and brightness of today – a city of ghosts in continual renewal. There are 135 photographs and three essays, it is part autobiography and part story of living Jewish life as a Jew in Berlin.
Photographer JASON LANGER lived in Israel and later settled in Oregon, US. He has exhibited internationally, has published three books and is a sought-after instructor, specializing in photography as personal discovery.
SPONSORED BY ESTHER CHETNER