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“Encounters”: A conversation with Yechiel Weizman on his book "Unsettled Heritage: Living Next to Poland’s Material Jewish Traces after the Holocaust"
In "Unsettled Heritage: Living Next to Poland’s Material Jewish Traces after the Holocaust" (Ithaca, 2022), Yechiel Weizman explores what happened to the thousands of abandoned Jewish cemeteries and places of worship that remained in Poland after the Holocaust. He asks how postwar Polish society in small, provincial towns perceived, experienced, and interacted with the physical traces of former Jewish neighbors. Combining archival research into hitherto unexamined sources and anthropological field work, the book uncovers the concrete and symbolic fate of Poland’s material Jewish remnants and shows how their presence became the main vehicle through which Polish society was confronted with the memory of the Jews and their annihilation. Leading the conversation with Weizman will be Monika Rice, and joining them will be Alon Confino and Amos Goldberg.

Yechiel Weizman is a lecturer at the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

Monika Rice is the Robert Weiner and Ilan Peleg Scholar in Jewish Studies, and Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Russian and East European Studies at
Lafayette College.

[The Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the Avraham Harman Research Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem present their annual series: “Encounters: Aftermaths”. For more information, visit our website].

Nov 30, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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