20 Nov - German lecture on Der Vorleser by Dr Helmut Schmitz


We were delighted to welcome Dr Helmut Schmitz from Warwick University to St Olave’s this week, who came to deliver a lecture on the German post-Holocaust work Der Vorleser, which is a text studied for German A level. The presentation was attended by students of years 11, 12 and 13, and they asked pertinent questions and contributed well to discussions in German and in English on a variety of themes including the Holocaust, characterisation in the novel, guilt, ethics and relationships. Dr Schmitz covered numerous aspects in relation to the novel, including the historical context and  psychoanalytical interpretations of the work, and we are grateful to Frau Probodziak for organising this enriching opportunity.


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