[CANCELED] Surviving Fascism Then and Now

Panel Discussion
08 May 2020
6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Deutsches Haus at New York University
42 Washington Mews
New York, NY 10003

As the world once again lurches towards authoritarianism, it is writers who remind us of the atrocities that arose the last time this happened. European writers are especially well-placed to excavate their recent past to manifest a varied literature of warning and remembrance. Swedish journalist Elisabeth Åsbrink’s latest projects follow a Jewish boy sent to safety in Sweden by his Austrian parents and, in another investigation, the resurgence of neo-Nazism today to the roots of Swedish nationalism. Polish novelist Szczepan Twardoch recalls a Warsaw that war destroyed forever. Born in Argentina and based in Madrid, Patricio Pron fictionalizes the mysterious assassination of a writer in Milan in 1945.

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Elisabeth Åsbrink
Patricio Pron
Szczepan Twardoch

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