Hans Heilbronner Lecture: Violence Between Pogroms and the Holocaust

Wednesday, March 30, 2022
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Memorial Union Building Theater II
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The Hans Heilbronner Lecture series presents Violence Between Pogroms and the Holocaust: Jewish Women as Victims, Chroniclers and Survivors, by Prof. Elissa Bemporad. 

This talk will highlight women’s experiences of continuities between the Holocaust and the wave of anti-Jewish violence that occurred in the same territories of Eastern Europe some twenty years earlier, termed pogroms. Few have explored different roles that Jewish women came to play in the midst of these pogroms and the direct relationship between the Holocaust and the genocidal violence against the Jewish communities of Eastern Europe unleashed during the pogroms of the Russian Civil War, 1918-1921. 

Elissa Bemporad is professor of history and Ungar Chair in East European Jewish History and the Holocaust at Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center. She is a two-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award. She is the author of "Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk" (2013 Indiana University Press), and "Legacy of Blood: Jews, Pogroms, and Ritual Murder in the Lands of the Soviets" (2019 Oxford University Press). Bemporad is the co-editor of two volumes: "Women and Genocide: Survivors, Victims, Perpetrators" (2018 Indiana University Press); and "Pogroms: A Documentary History" (Oxford University Press, 2021). She is currently completing the first volume of the "Comprehensive History of Soviet Jews" (forthcoming with New York University Press), and at work on a biography of Ester Frumkin. She is editor of Jewish Social Studies.

Free and open to the public.

More about Elissa Bemporad.

The Hans Heilbronner lecture series honors the memory of Hans Heilbronner, professor of history, who served the University of New Hampshire with distinction from 1954 until 1991. This lecture is sponsored by the Endowed Fund for Holocaust Education.

As of 3/4/22, per University COVID policy, masks are NOT required to be worn in indoor spaces. If the policy changes, we will note it here.

This lecture will be recorded and made available on COLA's YouTube channel within a week of the event.

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