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Marion Kaplan to Lecture on Jewish Refugees in Portugal (Storrs)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
1:45pm – 3:00pm

Storrs Campus
Class of '47 Room, Babbidge Library

Please join us for a talk with NYU historian Dr. Marion Kaplan who will present the UConn Center for Judaic Studies Gene and Georgia Mittelman Lecture in Judaic Studies on "Hitler's Jewish Refugees: Hope and Anxiety in Portugal."

Exhibition opening “Beyond Duty” and reception will follow the lecture at 3:00 pm in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center (across the courtyard from the Class of'47 Room, Babbidge Library).

The exhibition, brought by the Consulate General of Israel to New England and timed for the United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27, is co-sponsored by UConn Global Affairs and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.

About the Talk: Portugal’s dictator, António de Oliveira Salazar, admitted tens of thousands of Jews fleeing westward from Nazi Europe but set his secret police on those who did not move on quickly. Yet Portugal’s people left a lasting impression on refugees as caring and generous. Life in limbo has at its core anxiety and fear, but also courage and resilience. Most refugees in Portugal showed strength and stamina as they faced unimagined challenges. For them, Lisbon emerged as a site of temporality and transition, a "no-man’s-land" between a painful past and a hopeful future. Paying careful attention to the words of refugees in Portugal may help us to understand Jewish heartbreak and perseverance in the 1940s and also to listen compassionately to refugees’ stories in our own times.

About the Speaker: Marion Kaplan is the Skirball Professor of Modern Jewish History at NYU. She is a three-time National Jewish Book Award winner as well as a finalist for Dominican Haven: The Jewish Refugee Settlement in Sosua (2008).


The lecture is free and open to the public. If you require an accommodation to participate, please contact Pamela Weathers at or 860-486-2271.

Judaic Studies (primary), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, History Department, Office of Global Affairs, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, UConn Master Calendar

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