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Hitler's Jewish Refugees: Hope and Anxiety in Portugal - Dr. Marion Kaplan Lecture

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Stamford Campus
Main Auditorium (A-1)

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. Marion Kaplan is the Skirball Professor of Modern Jewish History at NYU. She is a three-time National Jewish Book Award winner - speaking on her newest book, Hitler's Jewish Refugees: Hope & Anxiety in Portugal, 1940-45.

This is an Honors Event. Categories: Multiculturalism & Global Citizenship OR Social Change, Service, & Sustainability



Fred Roden,

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