On November 7, 2018, there was an incident on campus involving two students that identified as Neo-Nazis. A full and detailed timeline is here.
Meanwhile, Professor Yurika Tamura had just finished teaching the Humanities unit that examined violence and violent acts. We looked at the Rwandan Genocide and the Eichmann Trials as examples. Professor Scott Denham was beginning a unit that explored the use of language in coping with something as unfathomable as the Holocaust. We read poems by Paul Celan, whom attempted to reclaim a language and culture taken from him.
With the current sentiment on campus, these two units really grabbed my attention. I spent a lot of time pondering violence: its intentions, representations, and manifestations. How does the gravity of an intention play a role in receiving a violent act? How can art help? How do these sentiments persist today?
In the Spring 2019 Semester, I enrolled in History/German 433: The Holocaust and Representation to further examine these questions. Below is my final project.