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FB-58094-15

Peter Filkins
Simon's Rock of Bard College (Great Barrington, MA 01230-1978)

The Life and Times of H.G. Adler (1910-1988): Poet, Novelist, and Holocaust Survivor

H.G. Adler (1910-1988) was the author of 26 books of fiction, poetry, Holocaust scholarship, sociology, and religion. A survivor of Theresienstadt and Auschwitz, Adler published his monograph on the former in 1955. It was one of the earliest scholarly treatments of the Holocaust and remains a seminal work. Adler also went on to make important contributions to the Auschwitz trial in Frankfurt and the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem, as well as helping to found the International Auschwitz Committee with Hermann Langbein. Leaving his native Prague for London in 1947, he lived the rest of his life as a postwar exile, knowing and working closely with Elias Canetti, Franz Baermann Steiner, Hermann Broch, and Heinrich Boell. As a representative life of his times, his biography will speak to readers interested in prewar Prague, the Holocaust, postwar exiles, German literature, and the way that one life can connect to and stand for so many others.

Project fields:
German Literature; History, General; Jewish Studies

Program:
Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$33,600 (approved)
$33,600 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 8/31/2015