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Lucy S. Dawidowicz: A Forgotten New York Jewish Intellectual

Hosted By: Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS)

Join Dr. Nancy Sinkoff to examine the life of Lucy S. Dawidowicz (1915-1990), a pioneering figure in the field now known as Holocaust Studies, who has largely fallen out of view because of her political migration from youthful Communist to independent neoconservative.

Born into an East European Jewish immigrant family in interwar New York, Dawidowicz’s life paralleled that of the famous male New York intellectuals with a major difference: her immersion in East European Jewish culture, language, and history and education in secular Yiddishist institutions. She made two fateful trips to pre- and post-war Europe in her young adulthood, which indelibly shaped her views on Jewish politics.

By engaging with Dawidowicz’s life, we will see why she challenged the mythic association of Jewishness and political liberalism and became a political “Other” in New York intellectual circles from the late 1960s forward.

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