The Jews, Social Mobility, and Antisemitism in Late-Stalinist Moldavia

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22 May 2018 - 5 PM

Diana Dumitru (Creangă State University of Moldova)

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The history of Soviet Jews in the postwar era is traditionally viewed as a dark pe-riod, filled with repression, expulsion of Jews from the state machinery, and the coexistence of mass-based and state-supported antisemitism. An analysis of the Jewish situation in Soviet Moldavia challenges this monolithic view of the Jewish experience under late Stalinism, and demonstrates that local postwar circum-stances encouraged a vigorous promotion of Jews in key positions in this repub-lic. Simultaneously, the presentation will seek to illuminate the impact of this new public visibility of Jews on the triangular relation between Jews, the state/party institutions, and non-Jews in Soviet Moldavia.

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Modern Jewish History Seminar

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The seminar is intended to provide a platform for academic discussion about the latest research on Jewish history especially of the last three centuries. Though primarily focused on the Jews of central and east central Europe, the seminar also includes topics related to the Jews of other regions. The seminar is further enriched by including topics not directly concerned with Jews, but enabling one to see Jewish history from other perspectives (for instance, the perspective of other marginalized communities).

Despite our preference for the methods of historical research, the organizers welcome multidisciplinary approaches to the topics, including those of sociology, political science, religious studies, and art history.

The seminar is held in the library of CEFRES, Na Florenci 3, Prague 1 always at 5:30 p.m. The language of the seminar is English. The seminar is organized by Kateřina Čapková and Michal Frankl. Since 2018/2019 the seminar is included into the MA program of the Prague Center for Jewish Studies at the Charles University. Due to Michal Frankl’s stay abroad this academic year, all the questions and suggestions should be sent to Kateřina Čapková (capkova@usd.cas.cz).

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