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Professor Elissa Bemporad to give Annual Lawrence and Suzanne Fishman '55 Lecture in Jewish Studies on April 26, 2018

The Annual Lawrence and Suzanne Fishman '55 Lecture in Jewish Studies presents, “Chronicling the City of Death: The Fate of One Shtetl during the Russian Civil War” by Professor Elissa Bemporad on Thursday, April 26 at 5:30pm in New England Building, Room 105. This event is free and open to the public.

This talk examines the history and fate of one Ukrainian shtetl during the pogroms of the Civil War in Russia (1918-21). Drawing on archival and published sources, Bemporad discusses the events that led to the “death of the shtetl” and traces the history of the memory of violence. A micro study of one shtetl during the pogroms of the Civil War sheds light on future conditions for Soviet Jewry and aspects of the Holocaust in Ukraine.

Elissa Bemporad is the Jerry and William Ungar Associate Professor of East European Jewish History and the Holocaust at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk (Indiana University Press, 2013), winner of the National Jewish Book Award, of the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History, and Honorable Mention for the Schnitzer Prize in Modern Jewish History.

This event is sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program.

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Posted by Office of Communications Monday, April 23, 2018