Professor of German Steven Cerf delivers a highly moving Common Hour Lecture titled, “Hearing My Grandparents’ Voices: Their Letters Before Deportation,” which traces his grandparents’ failed attempts to escape Nazi Germany in the years before their transport to a death camp. Listen to the podcast.
Cerf, who has taught at Bowdoin for 40 years, has studied and taught Holocaust-related topics for many years. His publications on the Holocaust include a co-edited annotated edition of Richard von WeizsÃ¤cker’s Eighth of May Speech, extended encyclopedic essays on Holocaust-related imaginative writers, a pedagogical article on the teaching of the Holocaust, and sundry book reviews.
His talk is dedicated to the memory of his parents, Hans and Kate Cerf.