"Representing the Holocaust: Leah Goldberg’s play 'The Lady of the Palace' Between German and Hebrew" with Giddon Ticotsky

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 5:00pm
Claudia Cohen Hall, Room 402, 249 South 36th Street

Leah Goldberg (1911-1970) is one of Israel's most prominent authors. Her play The Lady of the Palace (1955) was the first Hebrew theater piece dealing with the horrors of the Holocaust, only a decade after the end of World War II. 

This talk will focus on the various transitions embedded in the play -- from poetry to drama, from Jewish to universal aspects, and especially from Hebrew to German and European motifs -- as a key to reread this piece. By that the talk will also shed light on the challenges of representing atrocities in the arts.

Giddon Ticotsky, a 2016 Ruth Meltzer Fellow at Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, was formerly a lecturer at Stanford's Department of Comparative Literature. He authored three books in Hebrew: Dahlia Ravikovitch – In Life and Literature (forthcoming); Light along the Edge of a Cloud: Introduction to Leah Goldberg’s Oeuvre (2011) and The Little Prince: Seven Essays on ‘The Little Prince’ in light of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Oeuvre (1998). 

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