92Y is excited to work in cooperation with The Association for Jewish Culture in Sweden to present The Transformation of Memory – Jewish Perspectives.
The program is connected to the Raoul Wallenberg year. The panel will be both at 92Y and streamed in live from Stockholm. Members of the panel will engage in a discussion about the theme of memory in their literary and artistic works.
The Deputy-Secretary General of the UN, Jan Eliasson will be making introductory remarks in New York.
Hilde Schramm will be on the panel in Sweden.
Daniel Mendelsohn will be selling and signing copies of Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture and The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million following the event.
Alex Kershaw will be selling and signing copies of The Liberator and The Envoy following the event.
Presented by The Association for Jewish Culture in Sweden.
Lars Dencik conducts research on ethnic conflicts and identity formation, especially on Jewish identities, on xenophobia and political rhetorics.
On Mar 2, 2012, Jan Eliasson was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He took office as Deputy Secretary-General on 1 July 2012. Mr. Eliasson was from 2007-2008 the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Darfur. Prior to this, Jan Eliasson served as President of the 60th session of the UN General Assembly. He was Sweden’s Ambassador to the US from September 2000 until July 2005. In March 2006, Mr. Eliasson was appointed Foreign Minister of Sweden and served in this capacity until the elections in the fall of 2006.
Alex Kershaw is the author of the widely acclaimed books The Bedford Boys, The Longest Winter, The Few, Escape from the Deep and The Envoy as well as biographies of both Jack London and Robert Capa. His latest book The Liberator will be published by Crown in October. He lives in Massachusetts.
Etgar Keret was born in Tel Aviv in 1967 and is the most popular writer among Israel’s young generation and has also received international acclaim. His feature film Wristcutters (2006) also won several international awards.
Georg Klein was born to an assimilated Jewish family in the Hungarian-speaking part of eastern Czechoslovakia in 1925 and survived the Second World War in Budapest. He moved to Sweden in 1947 He continues to do research and publish as one of the most prominent cancer researchers in the world.
Daniel Mendelsohn, the author of the international bestseller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, is an award-winning critic, translator, essayist. He began his career in journalism in 1991, contributing to such publications as The Village Voice and The Nation while completing his doctoral thesis on Greek tragedy. After finishing his Ph.D. in 1994 he moved to New York City and since that time his translations, reviews and essays on books, movies, theater and television have appeared regularly in numerous national publications, most frequently the New Yorker, The New York Review of Books and The New York Times.
Hilde Schramm (born 1936) studied German and Latin and worked as a sociologist until 1982 before achieving her PhD in Educational Science at Freie Universität Berlin. As a member of the Green Parliamentary Group she has been vice president of the Berlin City Parliament. In 2004, she received the Moses Mendelssohn Prize by the City of Berlin senate for encouraging tolerance between the peoples, races and religions. Hilde Schramm is the daughter of Albert Speer, Hitler’s architect and Minister of Armaments and War Production for the Third Reich.