The Jewish Heroes of Warsaw – The Afterlife of the Revolt
Hosted By: The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
In this lecture, Dr. Avinoam Patt will present his newest book The Jewish Heroes of Warsaw: The Afterlife of the Revolt. The expected publication date by Wayne State University Press is April 2021.
Dr. Patt will examine how the heroic saga of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was mythologized in a way that captured the attention of Jews around the world, allowing them to imagine what it might have been like to be there, engaged in the struggle against the Nazi oppressor. Soon after the uprising in April 1943, the transition to memorialization and mourning of those lost in the Holocaust solidified the event as a date to remember both the heroes and the martyrs of Warsaw and of European Jewry more broadly. David Guzik, one of the JDC Directors in Warsaw, helped secure loans for the underground in the Warsaw Ghetto and contributed to documentation efforts after the revolt. JDC assisted the community after the war and played a role in early memorialization efforts.
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