Monthly Archives: August 2015

Kutler Lectures: Lila Corwin Berman

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Event Details

“The Death & Life of Jewish Urbanism”

Monday, November 9, 4:00 p.m.

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (300 N. Orchard)

In modern times, Jews emerged as the consummate urban dwellers.  How, then, were Jewish and urban life transformed when Jews joined the droves of Americans who left cities for suburbs after World War II?  Drawing from her extensive research on Detroit, Lila Corwin Berman suggests that, contrary to the history of white flight, the story of Jewish migration away from cities is one of enduring—and tension-filled—urban entanglement.

“Who Gives? The American Jewish Philanthropic Complex”

Tuesday, November 10, 4:00 p.m.

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (300 N. Orchard)

By the beginning of the twenty-first century, American Jewish philanthropy attained a nearly unchallenged position as a producer of norms, institutions, and community practices. In a word, it had grown into a “complex.” Lila Corwin Berman argues that since World War II critical changes in American economic and political policy intersected with transformations in American-Jewish life to endow Jewish philanthropy with unprecedented governing power.

About the Speaker

Lila Corwin Berman is Associate Professor of History at Temple University. She holds the Murray Friedman Chair of American Jewish History and directs the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History. Berman received her B.A. from Amherst College and her Ph.D. from Yale. She is author of Metropolitan Jews: Politics, Race, and Religion in Postwar Detroit (University of Chicago, 2015), for which she received support from the National Endowment of the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. Her first book, Speaking of Jews: Rabbis, Intellectuals, and the Creation of an American Public Identity (California, 2009), was awarded recognition from the Center for Jewish History and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, and was a finalist for the Jewish Book Council’s Sami Rohr Prize. She is currently writing a book tentatively titled “The American Jewish Philanthropic Complex” and received a fellowship from the Center for the Humanities at Temple to support her work on it. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of American History, Jewish Social Studies, the Forward, Religion and American Culture, Sh’ma, and American Jewish History, and she has also contributed chapters to several anthologies, including, most recently, an essay entitled “American-Jewish Politics Is Urban Politics,” in Faithful Republic: Religion and Politics in the Twentieth Century United States (Penn, 2015).

Tobias Lecture: Omer Bartov, “The Voice of Your Brother’s Blood: The Murder of a Town in Eastern Galicia”

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Omer Bartov, John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of History and Professor of German Studies, Brown University

Event Details

“The Voice of Your Brother’s Blood: The Murder of a Town in Eastern Galicia”

Monday, October 26, 4:00 p.m.

159 Education Building (1000 Bascom Mall)

This lecture will reconstruct the destruction of the town of Buczacz in Polish Eastern Galicia, now in Western Ukraine, during World War II. Buczacz, the hometown of the Nobel Prize laureate Shmuel Yosef Agnon, as well as of Bartov’s mother, had existed for centuries as a multiethnic town made up of Poles, Jews, and Ukrainians. During the German occupation of 1941-44, the vast majority of the Jewish inhabitants were murdered by the Germans, with ample assistance from Ukrainian policemen, and the Polish population was ethnically cleansed by Ukrainian nationalists. How was a community of coexistence transformed into a community of genocide? This lecture, based on a major monograph about to be completed, investigates the daily life of genocide as reflected through the documents, eyewitness reports, postwar trials, testimonies, and memoirs of its inhabitants and the men and women who occupied the town and spent several comfortable years in the midst of the horror they facilitated.

This lecture is made possible through the generosity of Harry and Marjorie Tobias.

About the Speaker

Omer Bartov was born in Israel and educated at Tel Aviv University and St. Antony’s College, Oxford, Omer Bartov’s early research concerned the Nazi indoctrination of the Wehrmacht and the crimes it committed in World War II, analyzed in his books, The Eastern Front, 1941-1945, and Hitler’s Army. He then turned to the links between total war and genocide, discussed in his books Murder in Our Midst, Mirrors of Destruction, and Germany’s War and the Holocaust. Bartov’s interest in representation also led to his study, The “Jew” in Cinema, which examines the recycling of antisemitic stereotypes in film. His last monograph, Erased, investigates interethnic relations in the borderlands of Eastern Europe. As a framework for this research, he led a multi-year collaborative project at the Watson Institute, culminating in the co-edited volume, Shatterzone of Empires. Bartov is currently completing a major monograph, The Voice of Your Brother’s Blood: Buczacz, Biography of a Town.