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In this talk, Dr Bea Lewkowicz will present the work of two oral history archives which deal with the experiences of Jewish refugees in Britain, pre- and post- WW2: the AJR Refugee Voices Testimony Archive and Sephardi Voices UK. Throughout the talk, we will learn about how the lives of women who emigrated to the UK from Central Europe and the Middle East have been shaped by their diverse experiences and by their gender. Dr Lewkowicz will also discuss how the interviewees remember and narrate their own refugee journeys. Together we will explore the traces of trauma and resilience captured in these vital archives.
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Dr Bea Lewkowicz is a social anthropologist and oral historian and is the co-founder and director of two oral history projects, the Refugee Voices Testimony Archive at the Association of Jewish Refugees and Sephardi Voices UK. She leads a team of archivists, editors, cameramen, and interviewers and regularly offers interview training sessions. Over the last 30 years she has conducted more than 250 interviews for various projects. She is a member of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, the editorial board of Jewish Renaissance, and the Next Generation Committee of the AJR. Her research interests include oral history, trauma and memory, diasporas and displacement, and nationalism and ethnicity. Among her publications are Émigré Voices: Conversations with Jewish Refugees from Germany and Austria (co-authored with Anthony Grenville, Brill: 2021) and The Jewish Community of Salonika: History, Memory, Identity (Vallentine Mitchell: 2006). For more information, please visit bealewkowiczarchives.com.