THE GHETTOS OF EUROPE
Thursday, October 27, 7 p.m.
500 Years of the Ghetto of Venice
The ghetto of Venice was established in 1516 and existed until opened by the forces of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1797. In defiance of its supposedly closed status, the Venetian ghetto was an important locus of learning, commerce and culture, not just for the Jews but for the larger Italian and European society as well. Typical of the paradoxical nature of the ghetto in Venice (and Italy in general), the Ghetto Nuovo (new ghetto) is older than the Ghetto Vecchio (old ghetto). Join us as we untangle these contradictions.
Speaker: Stanislao G. Pugliese PhD
Professor of History, Queensboro UNICO Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian-American Studies, Hofstra University
Thursday, December 1, 8 p.m.
Life and Death in the Ghettos of Eastern Europe
By discussing the different responses to persecution and annihilation by the Jews of Eastern Europe during the Holocaust, this talk explores questions of life and death in two of the largest ghettos established by the Germans in Poland and the Soviet Union, namely Warsaw and Minsk. The talk examines, in particular, instances of spiritual and armed resistance in the two ghettos.
Speaker: Elissa Bemporad, PhD
Jerry and William Ungar Chair in Eastern European Jewish History and the Holocaust
Associate Professor of History at Queens College/CUNY
NEH Senior Fellow at the Center for Jewish History 2015-16
Fellow, Mandel Center for Advanced Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
Author, Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk
$8 general public
$7 senior citizen (over 65 with ID) or matriculated non-Hofstra student
Two free tickets with current faculty/staff/student HofstraCard (must present HofstraCard at Box Office)
For tickets for these events, please contact the John Cranford Adams Playhouse Box Office at 516-463-6644, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
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Monday, November 14, 7 p.m.
My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me:
A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past
My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me is a book born of a shocking discovery for speaker Jennifer Teege. She picked up a book by chance at Hamburg's main library and discovered that her grandfather was the brutal Nazi commandant of the Plaszow concentration camp, portrayed so memorably by Ralph Fiennes in the film Schindler's List. Ms. Teege's mother was German; her father was Nigerian. Raised in a loving home by her adopted German family, Ms. Teege struggled with depression as she coped with the trauma of rejection by her birth mother. She went to college in Israel, where she learned fluent Hebrew and earned degrees in Middle Eastern and African Studies. She later returned to Germany and now had to learn about her biological family's secret from a book; and that a monstrous man, Amon Goeth, reviled for decades as "the butcher of Plaszow," was her biological grandfather. After her emotional pilgrimage, Ms. Teege says, "I'm no longer a prisoner of the past. I know now that I am not to blame, and the guilt no longer weighs heavily on my shoulders. There is no Nazi gene: We can decide for ourselves who and what we want to be."
Location for all lectures: Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library
Funding for these lectures has been provided by the Dorothy and Elmer Kirsch Endowment Fund for the Hofstra Cultural Center.
For more information on these events, please the Hofstra Cultural Center, Monday-Friday at 516-463-5669.