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February 2022

“Ottomans After Empire: Sephardi Immigrant Space and Daily Life in Interwar Paris”

February 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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In the first decades of the twentieth century, tens of thousands of Sephardi Jews migrated out of the crumbling Ottoman Empire and its successor states to build new lives in France. Most Ottoman Sephardi immigrants settled in Paris’ 11th arrondissement, which became known in common parlance as “Little Turkey.” With streets lined with Sephardi restaurants and grocers, apartment buildings inhabited by Sephardi immigrant families, and a center marked by the Ottoman Sephardi Temple Popincourt, the Roquette Quarter recast what it…

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“Refuseniks & Rights Defenders: Jews & the Soviet Dissident Movement”

February 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
3335 Dwinelle Hall

The exodus of Jews from the former Soviet Union transformed the Jewish landscape on three continents and has been called the preeminent case of Jewish human rights activism. It is often identified — and confused — with the Soviet dissident movement and the struggle for rights in Russia. What brought the two movements together — and what kept them apart? This talk explores the ideas, the people, and the politics that animated the most consequential forms of resistance to the…

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March 2022

“Guides who Helped Jews Flee from France to Spain across the Pyrenees: 1940-1944”

March 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Between 1933 and 1944, persecution caused thousands of Jews from Germany and German-occupied countries to seek refuge in France, or to travel through France on their way out of Europe. After Germany occupied a large part of France in June 1940, both the German administration governing the Occupied Zone and the French Vichy government in the Unoccupied Zone began persecuting Jews. For Jews seeking to leave France, one escape route was across the Pyrenees to Spain and then Portugal, where…

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“Letters from the Abyss: Jewish Travelogues on Jewish life in Nazi Germany in the Yiddish press of Warsaw”

March 31 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Between 1933 and 1939, several dozen journalists writing for the Yiddish press in Poland traveled to Nazi Germany to cover political developments and Jewish life in the Third Reich from an investigative, ethnographic and uniquely Eastern European-Jewish point of view. Their personal and professional experience allowed them to document and interpret National Socialism from a dual perspective. As traveling Jewish journalists from Eastern Europe they were “outsiders” from German society and from the German-Jewish experience. However, as Jews travelling through Nazi Germany (and sometimes staying for weeks or months), they were also “insiders”…

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April 2022

“In the Midst of Civilized Europe: The Pogroms of 1918-1921 and the Onset of the Holocaust”

April 25 @ 4:00 pm
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Between 1918 and 1921, over a hundred thousand Jews were murdered in Ukraine by peasants, townsmen, and soldiers who blamed the Jews for the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. In hundreds of separate incidents, ordinary people robbed their Jewish neighbors with impunity, burned down their houses, ripped apart their Torah scrolls, sexually assaulted them, and killed them. Largely forgotten today, these pogroms—ethnic riots—dominated headlines and international affairs in their time. Aid workers warned that six million Jews were in danger…

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