Conscious History: Polish Jewish Historians Before the Holocaust
Hosted By: The National Library of Israel (NLI)
In the eyes of Polish-Jewish historians before the Holocaust, history offered hope for a better future. They saw history as a political tool. In researching Polish-Jewish history, these men and women searched for a “usable past”, deeply embedded in communal life and animated by a broader positive vision of Polish Jews’ rights and place in Poland.
They undertook a complex project of building a conscious Jewish community, encompassing both a strong sense of Jewish identity and a close affinity with the Polish past.
Did they succeed?
Is it possible to explore their lives and work in the context of the time in which they lived, resisting the impulse to view them in light of the tragic fate that befell many of them and their communities…?
Join the National Library of Israel for a discussion:
“Conscious History: Polish Jewish Historians Before the Holocaust”
With Natalia Aleksiun, Harry Rich Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Florida
Monday, January 31st
8 pm Israel / 7 pm CET / 6 pm UK / 1 pm EST
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