Jewish Scholar Rita Ottens to Discuss Post-Holocaust Germany

Released: 3/31/2006

Rita Ottens, a scholar on the role of Jewish culture in modern Germany, will discuss “The Untold Secret: Growing up near Bergen-Belsen in Post-Holocaust Germany,â€? on Wednesday, April 5, at SUNY Cortland.
Ottens’ autobiographical presentation will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Van Hoesen Hall, Room 229. Part of the Jewish Studies Committee’s ongoing lecture series, the event is free and open to the public.
Using her own family experiences as examples, Ottens will discuss the ways in which Germans coped with guilt and shame after the war and the generational transmission of this trauma.
Ottens has written articles and book reviews on topics including German popular culture, the German klezmer music movement and Yiddish music in the Soviet Union. Some of her research was conducted with her husband, Joel E. Rubin, a well-known Cornell University musicologist.
Ottens is editor of the Jewish music series Schott Wergo, Mainz. A doctoral candidate in the Department of Music at City University, London, she currently teaches German and French languages at the Community School of Music and the Arts in Ithaca, N.Y.
The lecture is supported by the Campus Artists and Lecture Series (CALS), the Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies and the Jewish Studies Program. For more information, contact Associate Professor of Psychology Linda Lavine at (607) 753-2040.