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This presentation will address two central questions that have been largely unasked: is the Holocaust readable—or un-readable? What is the relationship between reading and experiencing? Readability takes on different meanings for survivors and non-survivors. Survivors, eyewitnesses to the event, read the Holocaust in ways that are distinct from second generation survivors, the children of eyewitnesses. Furthermore, many readers of the Holocaust have no direct lineage that connects them to the event, to the text, or to a culturally nuanced or informed interpretation of the texts/events. Through a range of first, second and third generation texts, Dr. Lang explores the changing relationship between reading and the Holocaust, between experience and history, between representation and trauma, in a setting that grows increasingly distant from the event it attempts to understand.

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