December 1: Discussion on the implications of comparing the experiences of Jews and Native Americans
Reflections on the Comparison of
Jews and Native Americans as Victims
by LEO REIGERT, Kenyon College
Tuesday, December 1
Jews and Native Americans are often rhetorically connected as victims of genocide by members of both groups. In this talk, Associate Professor of German at Kenyan College, Leo Reigert, will reflect from both a personal and scholarly perspective on what is gained and lost in such representations. Compared to the Holocaust, public acknowledgement of the genocide committed against the Native Americans remains limited, not to speak of restitution or the payment of reparations. This, it will be argued, has important ramifications for writing and thinking about the two groups.
Leo Reigert is Associate Professor of German, Kenyan Collge. This talk is part of his new project investigating the encounter with Native Americans in the lives and works of German Jewish authors from the nineteenth century to the present day.
Organized by The Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch, cosponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Center for Jewish Studies, and the Department of American Indian Studies.