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Sophie Halaby in Jerusalem: An Artist’s Life

Robert Seltzer 2021-2022 Lunch Lecture Series Presents:

Sophie Halaby in Jerusalem: An Artist’s Life

Presented by: Laura S. Schor

laura schorThis talk will focus on the life and art of the little-known Jerusalem artist Sophie Halaby. The discussion will consider how researching Sophie Halaby helped Professor Laura Schor reframe her understanding of Jerusalem. The talk will also include details of the many adventures Schor underwent while working on the book, and will include slides of some of Halaby's wonderful art.

This event will be held online via Zoom.

 

“I Am Now at War Again” Jewish World War I Veterans and Kristallnacht

Robert Seltzer 2021-2022 Lunch Lecture Series Presents:

“I Am Now at War Again” Jewish World War I Veterans and Kristallnacht

Presented by: Michael Geheran

This talk examines the responses of German Jewish World War I veterans to the state-sponsored violence the Nazis unleashed against Jews on 9 November 1938. Like other victims of the Pogrom, Jewish veterans suffered the humiliation of arrest and physical abuse and were confronted with the powerlessness of being unable to defend their homes and families. Yet as they were rounded up, physically and verbally assaulted, and deported to Nazi camps, Jewish veterans not only relied on their military training and memories of the war to overcome the ordeal, they also remained committed to preserving their honor and, with it, a sense of agency, even as the last barriers to genocide were cast aside.

This event will be held online via Zoom.

 

Tehran Children

Robert Seltzer 2021-2022 Lunch Lecture Series Presents:

Tehran Children: How a Decade Long Search in My Father's Footsteps Became "One of the Greatest Untold Stories of the Second World War"

Presented by: Mikhal Dekel

It is a largely unknown fact most Polish Jews who escaped Nazi extermination - nearly a quarter-million - survived in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Iran and India. Unearthing the past, while tackling memory politics in the present.

Mikhal Dekel, whose then twelve-year-old father was such a refugee, will share her decade-long archival research and global travel to retrace their 13,000-mile route.

This event will be held online via Zoom.

 

Holocaust Artifacts Unpacked: The Backpack

X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War II

X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War II

Please join us for a live Zoom discussion of the new book X TROOP: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War II by Leah Garrett. In this riveting history, Garrett chronicles the incredible—and largely untold—story of the German-Jewish commandos who fought in Britain’s most secretive WWII special-forces unit. The author will be in conversation with Hunter College history professor and author Benjamin Hett.

The men of X Troop were the real Inglorious Basterds: a secret commando unit of young Jewish refugees who were trained in counterintelligence and advanced combat to deliver decisive blows against the Nazis. Acclaimed scholar Leah Garrett draws on extensive original research, including interviews with the last surviving members of the X Troop unit. She follows this unique band of brothers from Germany to England and back again, with stops at British internment camps, the beaches of Normandy, the battlefields of Italy and Holland, and the hellscape of the Terezin concentration camp—the scene of one of the most dramatic, untold rescues of the war. For the first time, X Troop tells the astonishing story of these secret shock troops and their devastating blows against the Nazis.

"Brilliantly researched, utterly gripping history: the first full account of a remarkable group of Jewish refugees—a top-secret band of brothers—who waged war on Hitler."Alex Kershaw, best-selling author

Leah Garrett is the Director of Jewish and Hebrew Studies at Hunter College and an award-winning author. Her book Young LionsHow Jewish Authors Reinvented the American War Novel was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and won the 2017 Jordan Schnitzer award for best book in Modern Jewish History. She is also the author of Journeys beyond the Pale: Yiddish Travel Writing in the Modern World and A Knight at the Opera: Heine, Wagner, Herzl, Peretz, and the Legacy of Der Tannhäuser. She has led a number of public programs at Roosevelt House.

Benjamin Hett is a professor of history at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of The Nazi Menace: Hitler, Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and the Road to War; The Death of Democracy: Hitler's Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar RepublicDeath in the TiergartenBurning the Reichstag: An Investigation into the Third Reich’s Enduring Mystery, which was awarded the Hans Rosenberg prize; and Crossing Hitler: The Man Who Put the Nazis on the Witness Stand, which won the Wiener Library’s Fraenkel Prize and was made into a documentary film and a television drama for the BBC.

This Event Will Be Held Online via Zoom

Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy

Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy

The Jewish Studies Center at Hunter College presents:

Talia Lavin, Author of Culture Warlords: My Journey into the Dark Web of White Supremacy in Conversation with Jessie Daniels

Co-Sponsored by the departments of Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies and Political Science

Talia Lavin is a freelance writer focusing on the far-right. She has written for the Washington Post, GQ, The New Republic, the New Yorker and The Nation, as well as many other publications. She is the author, most recently, of her debut book Culture Warlords: My Journey into the Dark Web of White Supremacy (Hachette Books, October 2020), a deep dive into the metastasis of hate groups online, with a focus on misogyny, antisemitism, racism and their intense interconnectedness in online spaces.

Jessie Daniels is a professor of sociology at Hunter College, and an affiliate faculty member in Africana Studies, Critical Social Psychology and Sociology at The Graduate Center-CUNY. Her most recent book was Nice White Ladies: The Truth about White Supremacy, Our Role in it, and How We Can Help Dismantle It.

This event will be held online via Zoom.

Hunter’s Colum McCann Wins 2020 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction

Klezmerica: Jewish Invention and Repackaging of the Instrumental Jam

Robert Seltzer 2021-2022 Lunch Lecture Series Presents:

Klezmerica: Jewish Invention and Repackaging of the Instrumental Jam

Live Performance and Lecture

Klezmer music, an instrumental genre rooted in an Eastern European Jewish cultural milieu deeply stylized by connections with non-Jewish co-ethnics, has been replanted and is thriving in the rich soil of America.

This lecture-performance discusses and presents Klezmerica, a new Jewish music genre borne from the greenhouse of the Lower East Side with offshoots formed by the ricocheting reverberations of the alleyways in the Downtown NYC jazz scene and beyond.

Samuel Torjman Thomas, PhD, ethnomusicologist and multi-instrumentalist (oud, sax/clarinet, and vocals) is the artistic director of AESFA (gathering) and teaches music, interdisciplinary studies, and Sephardic Studies at the City University of New York. He journeys from deep klezmer to jazz and blues-tinged Jewish jams, then through a lush Mediterranean garden of songs in Hebrew, Arabic, and Ladino. Dr. Torjman Thomas is a frequent guest speaker at cultural institutions, universities, and multi-dimensional ecumenical spaces world-wide.

This Event Will Be Held Online via Zoom