Polish Jewish Historians before the Holocaust
23 March 2021, 6 pm CET
Natalia Aleksiun (Touro College)
This seminar explores the project of Jewish history writing in eastern Europe by examining the intellectual trajectories of Polish Jewish historians and their work. It argues that history and historians, especially in their work as public intellectuals shaped the collective identity of Polish Jews before the Holocaust. At the same time, they believed Polish historiography needed Jewish history to give a more complete and nuanced account of the past. Methodological challenges and ambitions of these men and women remain relevant to the field today.