In 1941 Boris Pahor, who later became one of the most prominent Slovene authors, was drafted into Mussolini's army. He returned to his home city of Trieste, a city occupied by the Nazis, after the armistice in 1943. He joined the Yugoslav resistance forces and was arrested in 1944 and sent to Dachau, Struthof, Harzungen and Bergen-Belsen. His memoir of his camp experiences, Necropolis, recently published in a new English edition by Dalkey Archive Press, will be the centerpiece of this event.
Panelists will explore Trieste's cultural diversity then and now, and how one of Europe's most multicultural cities became an epicenter of racist violence a full decade before the Nazi seizure of power in 1933.
Joze Pirjevec, University of Primorska, Slovenia
Uri Cohen, Columbia University
Maura Hametz, Old Dominion University
Michael Biggins, University of Washington Libraries; Boris Pahor's translator
Admission: $15 general, $10 CJH, CPL, PEN American Center members, affiliates of the Consulate General of Slovenia
To order call 212-868-4444 or visit www.smarttix.com.
Presented by Center for Jewish History, Primo Levi Center, co-sponsored by the PEN World Voices Festival and Dalkey Archive Press in collaboration with the Consulate General of Slovenia
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