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Singed by History: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, Polish-Jewish Relations, and Holocaust Historiography

Hosted By: Jewish Studies at Fordham University

Nancy Sinkoff (Rutgers University) will discuss her new book, “From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History,” the first comprehensive biography of Dawidowicz (1915–1990), a pioneer historian in the field that is now called Holocaust studies. This lecture will focus on Dawidowicz’s view of Polish-Jewish relations, which was informed by her fateful year living in Vilna, Poland in 1938-39, experience working with refugee scholars at the New York YIVO during the war, and the all-encompassing culture of the Cold War. All these components shaped her historiographic perspective on writing the history of the destruction of East European Jewry.

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