EDGS Visiting Scholar talk, November 25th
Harris Hall, 108
Lenin, son of Soemijati (and Brother of Jews)
Radical Translation in Colonial Digoel and Nazi Theresienstadt
Rudolf Mrazek, EDGS Rajawali Scholar in Residence
Boven Digoel was a camp in colonial Netherlands East Indies where Indonesian communists were exiled for their participation in a failed revolution of 1926. Theresienstadt was a WWII Nazi-built camp in Bohemia for the European Jews. Lenin was read and quoted in both camps — in Dutch, Malay, German, Czech and other languages and dialects. Only very few internees had a Moscow experience and read or quoted Lenin in Russian. The talk will present the camps as a moment of radical translation. How may a historian capture a moment like that?