Revisiting Polish Jewish Historians 1918-1939: Past Perspectives, Contemporary Challenges
Hosted By: Taube Center for Jewish Life & Learning
Professors Natalia Aleksiun and David Myers will examine the evolution of researching and writing about Polish Jewish history since the interwar period and the current issues that provoke scholarly debate.
The starting point of the conversation is Professor Natalia Aleksiun’s new book, Conscious History: Polish Jewish Historians before the Holocaust (The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization in association with Liverpool University Press). Committed to writing Jewish history from their communal and scholarly perspectives, Polish Jewish historians in the interwar period struggled to find their rightful place in academia and in the burgeoning democracy of the Second Polish Republic.
How have shifting communal agendas, political realities, and social contexts challenged contemporary Jewish historians? Are the queries of the mid-20th century still relevant, and what is the impact of today’s research on public debate?
The webinar will include a 45-minute discussion, followed by a 15-minute Q&A, in which you can ask questions submitted before or during the broadcast.
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