Karen Krasny, Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Education has been investigating how the growing body Young Adult literature written about the Holocaust might invoke an ethical and social responsibility for the other. Spurred by James Young’s (2000) charge in At Memory’s Edge to “step back and take accounting—where does all this history and its telling lead, to what kinds of knowledge, to what ends?,” Krasny joined with YA author Kathy Kacer and Toronto educators, Alan Gotlib, Susan Gordin, and Shawntelle Nesbitt to create a middle school writing project that invited students throughout North America and abroad to response to visual and literary representations of the Holocaust. Students’ responses—in the form of letters, essays, short stories, poems, and art—form a co-edited collection titled We Are Their Voice: Young People Respond to the Holocaust published by Second Story Press being featured at an upcoming launch this Sunday, November 4, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Northern District Library, Room 224 ABC, 40 Orchard View Blvd, Toronto. Consistent with ideas explored in Krasny’s recent article “Between art and testimony: Transforming oral histories of Holocaust survivors into young adult fiction and creative non-fiction” appearing in Oral History Forum, 32 (2012), the collection provides an extraordinary glimpse into how adolescents make meaningful connections to the Holocaust, while demonstrating a refusal to settle for consoling narratives of an event that should remain a focus of our ethical attention.
November 4, 2012 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm