Carlos Fraenkel "Six Million Murdered Jews Under My Sandbox: Reflections on Displacement, Identity, and Writing a Memoir"

Elizabeth and Tony Comper Holocaust Education Fund

Growing up in a small town in Germany in the 1970s I loved Germany with all my heart. Then, when I was 9, we moved to São Paulo, my parents' hometown. The culture shock was such that I started glorifying all things German and putting down all things Brazilian until my grandparents--German-Jewish émigrés--lost patience and gave me a photo documentary of the Holocaust. It left me with a sense of displacement--in Germany, Brazil, and later Israel--which I tried to overcome by writing a family memoir. The narrative, I hoped, would become the home I couldn't find on the map.

Carlos Fraenkel is James McGill Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies at McGill University in Montreal. His publications include From Maimonides to Samuel ibn Tibbon: The Transformation of the Dalālat al-Ḥā'irīn into the Moreh ha-Nevukhim (Hebrew, Magnes Press, 2007), Philosophical Religions from Plato to Spinoza: Reason, Religion, and Autonomy (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and Teaching Plato in Palestine: Philosophy in a Divided World (Princeton University Press, 2015). He is currently writing a book on the purpose of philosophy and a family memoir, tentatively titled Dodging Dictators.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required. Limited seating.

Date & Time
Monday, October 7, 2019 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm