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Rethinking Holocaust Sources with Digital Methods: An Exploratory Case Study of Krakow and its Ghetto under Nazi Occupation

Annual Theodore “Zev” Weiss Lecture in Holocaust Studies 

Tuesday, May 10, 2022
7:00pm CST: Live Streamed

Featuring Paul Jaskot, Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Duke University 

Digital Humanities (DH) methods have raised new questions about the Holocaust. Whether using corpus linguistics to analyze testimony, spatial modeling to think about three-dimensional experience, digital mapping to re-envision scales of the genocide, or digital storytelling at memorial sites to reach broader publics, the embrace of computer-aided analysis has been tremendously productive.

While DH methods have prompted new questions, they have also helped us to think about older issues. In this presentation, Jaskot will address how digital methods help us rethink one of the core issues of Holocaust Studies: the nature and problem of traditional analog sources.

Focusing on an ongoing collaborative investigation of the Nazi Occupation of Krakow and the construction of its ghetto, Jaskot will foreground a fascinating history of Nazi spaces and Jewish experience. At the same time, he will explore how digital methods lead us, ironically, to a much better understanding of historical sources—diaries of Polish Jews, Nazi administrative documents, architectural plans, and the buildings themselves, among others.

No registration required for in-person. Register here for link to live stream!