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Living by the Golden Rule: Mentor – Scholar – World Citizen

A Festschrift for Wolfgang Mieder’s 75th Birthday

Edited By Andreas Nolte and Dennis Mahoney

This Festschrift for Wolfgang Mieder, preeminent paremiologist and folklorist, combines personal tributes and scholarly papers by colleagues, friends, and former students – presented in three categories that address his roles as a mentor, scholar, and world citizen over many decades.

The central scholarly section likewise consists of three parts. The papers dealing with proverbs examine them as patterns, stereotypes, rhetorical devices, media for self-enchantment, and means of allusion in works by Tolstoy, Solzhenitsyn, Chukovskaya, and Kempowski. A second group deals with fairy-tale motifs in literary works by Lehmann, Rabinowich, and Hummel. A third section includes topics ranging from James Bond to Stephen King, from runaway slaves to the Holocaust, and literature as cultural ecology.

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Gender, Witness, and Representation in Ruth Klüger’s Still Alive and Judy Chicago’s Holocaust Project


Abstract: In the context of debates about the role of the witness, the limits of representation, and the uniqueness of the Holocaust, Ruth Klüger’s and Judy Chicago’s works both illustrate and strive to break down some of the barriers to reflection and dialogue in how we perceive our relationship to the past and imagine the future.1

Gender and the Holocaust

There is no question that in the first decades after the Holocaust men’s experiences were taken as the norm, with no explicit accounting for gender differences. In the 1980s, a number of studies were published on women and the Holocaust that have continued to inspire further investigations, while also spurring controversy and debate. Ulrike Weckel and others have noted that attention to gender differences in Holocaust experiences, especially the assertion that Jewish women were in “double jeopardy” as Jews and women during the Holocaust, did not sit well with some Holocaust scholars, who claimed such distinctions result in “a hierarchy of victimization” or worse, trivialization.2 Pascale Bos has pointed out weaknesses in some of the early feminist accounts of women’s experiences and suggested that an inquiry into the differential processes of socialization for women and men in their pre-war lives is necessary to better understand gender differences in behavior during the Holocaust.3 Atina Grossman strongly supports gender analyses of Holocaust experience, stating that it is as legitimate a field of historical inquiry as any other (Weckel, p. 21). What is clear based on...

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