'The Bombing of German Cities during the Second World War'
Fri, November 22, 2013 • 2:45 PM - 4:30 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206
Walter Wetzels (Founding Member of British Studies)
The bombing of German cities during the Second World War by the air forces of Britain and the United States entered its systematic and devastating phase in 1942. Virtually all major cities were destroyed beginning with Hamburg and ending with Dresden and Berlin.
In 1997 W.G. Sebald, a German writer and academic, gave a series of lectures at the University of Zurich on ‘Air War and Literature’. He raised the question, why has there been no serious publication about this national disaster? Collective amnesia was useful in dealing with chaos at the time, but it also served as a cover for Germany’s early involvement in similar atrocities.
Walter Wetzels was born in Cologne, Germany and emigrated to the United States in 1965. He received his Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University in 1968. For the next 28 years he taught at the University of Texas, including eight years as the Chairman of the Department of Germanic Studies. His research and publications deal with the relationship of science and literature during the European Enlightenment.