French Connections | Sephardim and the Holocaust, from Southeastern Europe to North Africa
Department of French and Francophone Studies Research Seminar Series
Sephardim and the Holocaust, from Southeastern Europe to North Africa
Professor Sarah Abrevaya Stein (UCLA)
In this wide-ranging presentation, Professor Sarah Abrevaya Stein will explore the history – and the historical forgetting – of Sephardic experiences of the Holocaust from southeastern Europe to North Africa. Touching upon the history of a single Greek Jewish family dispersed across Europe during the Second World War, as well as the dramatic ways in which colonialism and fascism intersected in North Africa under Vichy, Nazi, and fascist Italian control, Stein will argue that the geographic and conceptual boundaries of the Holocaust must be expanded to include Sephardic experiences of the Second World War.
About the speaker
Sarah Abrevaya Stein is the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Director of the Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, as well as Professor of History and the Viterbi Family Chair in Mediterranean Jewish Studies at UCLA. She is the author or editor of nine books, including, most recently, Family Papers, a Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux 2019), which was named a Best Book of 2019 by The Economist and an Editor’s Choice Book by the New York Times Book Review. The recipient of the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, two National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and two National Jewish Book Awards, Stein lives with her family in Santa Monica, CA.
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