Siobhán Dowling writes: "I’m a journalist in Berlin and wrote an article a few years ago about Johann Trollmann, the Sinti boxer who died in a Nazi concentration camp. This is a book about his life: https://www.amazon.de/Leg-dich-Zigeuner-Geschichte-Trollmann/dp/3492049028 And for your reference, here’s the article I wrote https://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/a-fight-for-memory-monument-honors-sinti-boxer-murdered-by-the-nazis-a-702938.html"
Please note that there are various editions of this text. Peter Davies, University of Edinburgh: "I use this text on a course on Holocaust testimony: though it is not a Holocaust testimony itself, it allows us to expand the range of comparisons, embed discussion of the Holoaust in the war, and talk about linguistic and … Continue reading ‘Anonyma’, Eine Frau in Berlin: Tagebuchaufzeichnungen vom 20. April bis 22. Juni 1945 (Die andere Bibliotek, 2015)
Peter Davies, University of Edinburgh: "I teach a course on Holocaust testimony, touching amongst other things on issues of gender, sexuality, and different victim groups. This text is an early and iconic account from the perspective of an Austrian male homosexual. We look at questions of identity and sexual violence, and at the difficulty of … Continue reading Heger, Heinz, Die Männer mit dem rosa Winkel. Der Bericht eines Homosexuellen über seine KZ-Haft von 1939-1945 (Merlin, 1979)
This month's blog post is by Transform MFL, a secondary teacher of languages in London who is on a mission to diversify and expand the curriculum for modern languages at GCSE level. “[T]he study of a modern foreign language at GCSE should [...] broaden students’ horizons and encourage them to step beyond familiar cultural boundaries … Continue reading Transforming MFL: Expanding the German Studies curriculum at secondary level
Helen Finch is Associate Professor in German and currently German Subject Research Leader at the University of Leeds, and Stephan Petzold is Lecturer in German History and currently Director of German at the University of Leeds. In today's blog post, they discuss their new approach to first-year teaching which positions students as researchers from the … Continue reading Empowering Students and Decolonising the Curriculum in Leeds
Rich and varied bibliography on lesbian and trans women in Nazi German, curated by Anna Hájková of the University of Warwick, containing both first-hand accounts and academic scholarship on the topic. https://sexualityandholocaust.com/blog/bibliography/
Dual language anthology containing 65 poems by women poets or featuring female lyric speakers, in both modern standard German translation and the original language. The volume features poems translated from Medieval Latin, Old French and Old Provençal as well as Middle High German varieties.
As those of you who follow us on Twitter will know, we launched the Expanding German Studies project at the end of August, with a roundtable at the Association of German Studies conference in Bangor. Six fantastic speakers – Joseph Twist (UCD), Godela Weiss-Sussex (IMLR/Cambridge), Clare Bielby (York), Sarah Bowden (KCL) and Richard McClelland (Bristol) – … Continue reading Launching the Expanding German Studies project
This is the famous debut novel by the East German writer Jurek Becker. The book tells the story of Jakob Heym who feeds invented positive news, allegedly gleaned from his (non-existent) illegal radio, to his fellow prisoners in a Nazi camp, thus giving them hope for a happy ending which never comes. The text is … Continue reading Becker, Jurek. Jakob der Lügner. Berlin: Aufbau, 1969 (rpt. Frankfurt/M: Suhrkamp, 1982ff)
The book explains the emergence, recognition and interpretation of immigrant and ethnic-minority writing in fourteen national contexts, among these Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The texts aim to introduce students to this particular area of study.