Polish-Jewish History as Women's History

Jewish history, and the history of the world, is largely male-centred, which obscures the experiences and outcomes of half the population. In the next webinar from TJHTalks series, we focus on women. Professors Natalia Aleksiun and Glenn Dynner discuss the role of women in the Jewish history, tracing back the marginalized voices throughout the centuries, highlighting the female experience within the Polish Jewry, and retelling Jewish history from the perspective of women.

Natalia Aleksiun is Professor of Modern Jewish History at the Graduate School of Jewish Studies, Touro College New York. She published "Where to? The Zionist Movement in Poland, 1944-1950" and co-edited two volumes of Polin examining Holocaust memory and Jewish historiography. She has recently published a critical edition of "The Destruction of Żółkiew Jews by Gershon Taffet". Her book "Conscious History: Polish Jewish Historians before the Holocaust" is forthcoming this year. She is preparing a volume of Polin devoted to Jewish childhoods, children and child-rearing in Eastern Europe. She is currently a Gerda Henkel Fellow at Imre Kertész Kolleg in Jena, completing a book on Jewish medical students in East-Central Europe.

Glenn Dynner, a 2019-20 Guggenheim Fellow, is Professor and  Chair of the Religion Department at Sarah Lawrence College, New York. He is the author of “Men of Silk: The Hasidic Conquest of Polish Jewish Society”, and “Yankel’s Tavern: Jews, Liquor & Life in the Kingdom of Poland”. Professor Dynner recently co-edited a special issue of Jewish History on Jewish women in modern Eastern Europe, and is Co-Editor of "Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies".

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