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December 04, 2022 Annual Lecture: Jonathan Sarna — Re-evaluating the Role of American Jewry During the Shoah

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  • time Eastern Time
  • location Zoom
  • cost Free
  • organizer Sponsored by Hebrew College and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston (JGSGB)
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The Heidi Urich Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogy

Holocaust scholarship has generally been critical of the role of American Jewry during the Shoah. Many believe that American Jews could have done much more than they did to save the Jews of Europe. However, recent research documents the clandestine rescue of hundreds of thousands of Jews by the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and other agencies; the Jewish resistance to German Bund pro-Nazi activities in the U.S.; and the work of the Overseas News Agency, the Jewish Labor Committee, and the World Jewish Congress. This new scholarship, Jonathan Sarna argues, calls for a full-scale re-evaluation of American Jewry’s role in saving Jews and fighting Nazism during the Holocaust years.

JGSGB members: The program is free. Members do not need to register. You can find the Zoom link by logging in to your JGSGB Membership account. Once logged in, use the “What would you like to do” dropdown to locate the members-only page for the Zoom link. You will also receive an email with the Zoom link on the morning of the program. This program will be recorded, so members will be able to view it on the members-only Page.

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Joanthan SarnaJonathan Sarna is a leading scholar of American Jewish history. His renowned treatise, American Judaism: A History, won the Jewish Book Council’s Book of the Year Award in 2004 and is now available in a 2nd edition. Coming to Terms with America: Essays on Jew­ish His­to­ry, Reli­gion, and Culture (JPS 2021) is the most recent of his more than thirty books on American Jewish history. He is University Professor and the Braun Professor of America Jewish History at Brandeis University.