The daily campus, Univ. of Connecticut
By Madeline Ward
Issue date: 10/18/06 Section: News

Lawrence L. Langer spoke about the Holocaust Tuesday.
Media Credit: Sid Sata
Lawrence L. Langer spoke about the Holocaust Tuesday.

The history of the Holocaust is often viewed as the highest magnitude of human suffering in the 20th century. Its mere mention brings to mind images of Nazi soldiers, gas chambers and emotions that even survivors have a hard time describing.

At Tuesday’s lecture, Lawrence L. Langer, an emeritus professor of English at Simmons College and former professor at UConn, addressed these issues as well as the effect that Holocaust testimonies have had on the survivor’s lives, their children, as well as the current generation.

Langer stressed the legacy of the Holocaust is not one of hope but one of grief, regret and survivor’s guilt.

“I am not going to speak of the positive effects of the Holocaust’s legacy, because there are no positive effects of the Holocaust,” Langer said in the beginning of the lecture, making his intentions clear.

Langer made certain that the audience was not under the illusion that events such as those that transpired at Auschwitz can have a happy ending.