Hilene Flanzbaum is one of the most recognized authorities on the Holocaust in American culture. The editor of The Americanization of the Holocaust (Johns Hopkins University Press), Flanzbaum lectures on many of the representations of the Holocaust that have proven both popular and controversial including Spielberg's "Schindler's List," Begnini's "Life is Beautiful," Nemirovsky's "Suite Francaise" and Oprah Winfrey's appropriation of Wiesel's Night.
She has been the keynote speaker at several major conferences about the Holocaust including Northwestern University's Lessons and Legacies conference, the University of Hamburg's The Holocaust, Art and Taboo and the Advanced Institute of Holocaust Studies's scholar-in-residence series.
Also an expert on Jewish American Literature, Flanzbaum is the managing editor of Jewish-American Literature: A Norton Anthology, the first collection to document the complete history and literature of Jews in the U.S.
At present, Flanzbaum is completing a memoir, Jews without Judaism, which deals with the meaning of Jewish identity in the face of third generation challenges. In this work, Flanzbaum traces her history back to France, where her ancestors experienced the Holocaust.
Flanzbaum is also a poet and a non-fiction writer who has given numerous readings of her work at universities and synagogues.
Hilene Flanzbaum will speak on the following topics:
- The Holocaust, Art and Taboo
- What’s the Problem with “Schindler’s List”?
- The Politics of Holocaust Memory
- Who’s Jewish? Defining Who is a Jewish American Writer
- Third Generation American: Intermarriage, Assimilation and Jewish Identity
- The Holocaust: Is There a Third Generation?