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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.

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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.

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What Can the New York Syrian Community Teach Us About Sephardim in America?

Robert Seltzer 2021-2022 Lunch Lecture Series Presents:

What Can the New York Syrian Community Teach Us About Sephardim in America?

Cohosted with Hunter Hillel 

Sephardic Jews who immigrated to America from Muslim-majority countries are woefully understudied in the scholarship of American Jews.

In this talk, Dr. Mijal Bitton will share findings from her research on the Syrian Jewish Sephardic community in Brooklyn. Dr. Bitton will demonstrate that a careful study of groups such as this one destabilizes normative assumptions about the relationship between America and its Jews.

Dr. Mijal Bitton is a Scholar in Residence at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. She is a sociologist of American Jews with a research focus on the experiences of contemporary Sephardic American Jews from Muslim-majority countries. Mijal is the co-founder and Rosh Kehillah of the Downtown Minyan and was selected in 2018 for inclusion in New York Jewish Week's '36 under 36'.

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What Did You Do to These People?: History, Memory and the Last Dachau Death March

Robert Seltzer 2021-2022 Lunch Lecture Series Presents:

"What Did You Do to These People?": History, Memory, and the Last Dachau Death March, 1945-1995

In the final days of April 1945, guards at the Dachau Main Camp forced nearly 7,000 prisoners onto the roads of southern Bavaria, headed for the Alps as American troops closed in.

This lecture discusses the course and aftermath of the last of the Dachau death marches, using testimonies by survivors, American soldiers, and German civilians from communities through which the march passed.

How can we use survivor testimony to reconstruct events that happened sometimes decades before those testimonies were recorded? How did those Germans who witnessed these horrific events later come to understand their role in the crimes of the Nazi state?

Adam R. Seipp is a Professor of History at  Texas A&M University, where he also serves as Assistant Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies. His teaching and research focus on German and transatlantic history in the 20th century. He is the author and editor of several books including, Strangers in the Wild Place: Refugees, Americans, and a German Town, 1945-1952. He is currently working on several research projects, including a study of Holocaust-era liberator testimonies.  He recently published Buschenwald Stories: Testimony, Military History, and the American Encounter with the Holocaust in the Journal of Military History.

This event will be held online via Zoom.

 

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