Memory, witness, and the (Holocaust) Museum in H. G. Adler and W. G. Sebald

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In W. G. Sebald’s final prose workAusterlitz(2001), the eponymous protagonist famously consults H. G. Adler’s encyclopedic study of Theresienstadt and expresses regret at never having met its author.¹ While this is surely the most tangible link between the two men, another place, also instrumentalized in the mechanisms of Nazi persecution and deportation, suggests a further connection: the Jewish Museum in Prague. Adler was personally involved in the work of the museum immediately after World War II and it leaves an interesting mark on his fiction, providing the model for the two museums that feature in the novelsEine

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWitnessing, memory, poetics
Subtitle of host publicationH. G. Adler and W. G. Sebald
EditorsHelen Finch, Lynn L. Wolff
Place of PublicationRochester
PublisherBoydell and Brewer
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781782043287
ISBN (Print)9781571135896
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014

Publication series

NameDialogue and disjunction: studies in Jewish German literature, culture, and thought


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