Dr Paul Jaskot, Professor of Art History and Director of the Wired Lab for Digital Art History & Visual Culture at Duke University, will be discussing “The Intersecting History of Nazi Perpetrators and Jewish Victims in Occupied Krakow: Using the Built Environment to Analyze the Holocaust.”
This lecture will explore how architecture and urban planning help us to think through central aspects of the history of the Holocaust. Taking Nazi Occupied Krakow as a case study, we will look at how different kinds of spatial evidence raise questions about perpetrator policy as well as Jewish experience. In exploring the analog evidence on the built environment of photographs, plans, policy documents, testimonies, and diaries, we will also consider how digital approaches to this evidence may also allow us to open up new avenues of research. Ultimately, the goal is to argue that the current paradigm of thinking through an “integrated history” of perpetrators and victims in Holocaust Studies needs to be thought of more productively as an “intersecting history” when one considers spatial aspects of the genocide.