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Polish History Seminar

19 czerwca @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

19 June 2024               Professor Havi Dreifuss (University of Tel Aviv)

Facing the Unthinkable: Initial Responses of Polish Jews to the Mass Murder


Polish Jews were confronted with news of the „Final Solution to the Jewish Question” through various channels, eliciting diverse reactions. This lecture examines their initial responses to the systematic mass murder, with a particular focus on Orthodox communities, their leadership, and their modes of engagement. Drawing from an array of contemporary sources, our discussion will center on the horror, the efforts to respond, and the profound sense of powerlessness in the face of Nazi Germany’s atrocities.
Havi Dreifuss is a historian of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe at the Department of Jewish History at Tel – Aviv University, heads the Institute for the History of Polish Jewry and Israel-Poland Relations (TAU), and The Center for Research on the Holocaust in Poland at The International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem. Her research deals with various aspects of everyday life in the Holocaust, including: the relationship between Jews and Poles, religious life in light of the Holocaust, Jewish existence facing extermination.


19 czerwca
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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