May 12, 2021 - 6.30 pm
June 23, 2021 - 8.00 pm
This term we will explore Jewish life during the turbulent middle decades of the twentieth century. We begin with interwar Poland, home to the world’s largest population of Jews, to explore both the rich diversity of Jewish life and the intensification of antisemitism. Next we will consider some of the most recent debates that have preoccupied historians of the Holocaust, before moving to examine what came in the aftermath of the genocide: the renewal of Jewish life in Displaced Persons’ camps in Europe, and the diverse ways in which the events have been memorialized in the decades since. In our final classes we will look at the 1947 UN vote to partition Palestine and some aspects of American Jewish life in the postwar years.
Time: Wednesdays 6.00pm-7.30pm
Dates: 12, 19, and 26, May; 9, 16, and 23 June 2021 (note there is no class on 2 June)
Time: 6.30 – 8.00 pm (UK)
Venue: On Zoom (link will be provided before each session)