Dorothy Tarrant Lecture: "After Lights Out": Studying Classics in a World War II Internment Camp

Patricia Rosenmeyer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

This paper investigates how exile and detention affected the lives of two young German Jews who would eventually become prominent classicists in the US: Martin Ostwald and Thomas Rosenmeyer. Piecing together information from original documents (diaries, telegrams, letters) about their life in internment camps in Canada during the early years of the war, Rosenmeyer shows how these two, educated in humanistic high schools in Germany, (re-)turned to classical learning for comfort and inspiration in the face of physical and spiritual crises.

Institute of Classical Studies
Patricia Rosenmeyer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Event date: 
Tuesday, 31 May 2022 - 5:00pm