Otto Dov Kulka in conversation with Simon Schama

Otto Dov Kulka, Simon Schama

26/02/2014 7:00 pm

Otto Dov Kulka’s Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death is a memoir of astounding literary and emotional power, exploring the permanent and indelible marks left by the Holocaust and a childhood spent in Auschwitz. As one of the few survivors he has spent much of his life studying Nazism and the Holocaust, but always as a discipline requiring the greatest dispassion and objectivity, with his personal story set to one side. He has nevertheless remained haunted by specific memories and images, thoughts he has been unable to shake off.

Otto Dov Kulka talks to Simon Schama about his book, a unique and powerful experiment in how one man has tried to understand his past (and our history).

Otto Dov Kulka

Otto Dov Kulka was born 1933 in Czechoslovakia. In September 1942 he was deported to the Ghetto Theresienstadt and 1943 to Auschwitz-Birkenau. In 1949 he immigrated to Israel. From 1958 on he lived in Jerusalem, where he studied and since 1966 taught Modern Jewish History at the Hebrew University. Since 1999 he is Prof. Emeritus.

Simon Schama

Simon Schama is Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. A writer, journalist and broadcaster, he has written and presented 40 films for the BBC, including The Story of the Jews (based on his two-volume work of the same name), Citizens and Rough Crossings. He recently curated The Face of Britain for the National Portrait Gallery and created the book and television series of the same name.