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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Friday, repeating until 18 March, 2022
Jews have always been a people on the move. They have travelled across cities, nations, and continents—sometimes out of choice, sometimes because they had no alternative. In this 8-week course, we will explore diverse case studies of modern Jewish migration, from the great population movements of the 1880s to the Jewish exodus from the Soviet Union a century later. How has migration impacted ideas of Jewish identity, religiosity, and community? What factors have shaped Jews’ decisions to stay or leave, and where to go? How have they adapted along the way? And to what extent did the establishment of a Jewish homeland impact the continued existence of the ‘Wandering Jew’?
14, 21, 28 Jan and 4 Feb
HALF TERM – NO SESSION 11 and 18 Feb
25 Feb and 4, 11, 18 March
Shirli Gilbert is Professor of Modern Jewish History at University College London. She has previously held positions at the University of Southampton, the University of Michigan, and the University of Cape Town. Her publications include Music in the Holocaust (2005), From Things Lost: Forgotten Letters and the Legacy of the Holocaust (2017), and, with Avril Alba, Holocaust Memory and Racism in the Postwar World (2019). She is Academic Director of the Sir Martin Gilbert Learning Centre.