UCLA TO HOST KASSOW IN DISCUSSION ON
CULTURE AND RESISTANCE WARTIME GHETTOS



STERNFELD TO DISCUSS IRANIAN JEWISH IDENTITY OF

THE TURN OF THE 20TH CENTURY


















LOS ANGELES – Lior Sternfeld (Penn State) will discuss Between Equal Citizenship and the Promise of Redemption: Iranian Jewish Identity of the Turn of the 20th Century Averroes Lecture Series. Early in the 20th century, Iranian-Jewish communities experienced two different pressures from two different developments, each pulling them in another direction.

First came the Constitutional Revolution in Iran (1906-1911), which promised equal citizenship, and then the Balfour Declaration (1917) and the emergence of Zionism, which stirred thoughts of redemption in the holy land. Iranian Jews considered both movements as fundamental shifts in their relationship to their country, and they sought to evaluate how the subsequent changes might transform their everyday lives and their overall sense of belonging.

The event is cosponsored event to take plac eon Monday, April 16, at UCLA School of Law, Room 1314, 5 p.m. It is sponsored by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies. Cosponsored by UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies.


JPEF RELEASES UPRISING STUDY GUIDE TO COMMEMORATE WARSAW GHETTO REVOLT


To honor of the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto revolt, the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation (JPEF) and the Sigi Ziering Institute of the American Jewish University are screening the critically acclaimed film Uprising to coincide with the re-release of a curriculum about one of the most important feats of resistance during the Holocaust.

The event April 16, Ray Kurtzman Creative Artists Agency Theatre, Co-sponsored by the Sigi Ziering Institute of the American Jewish University, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City (complimentary parking) at 6:30-9:30 p.m.

The newly-revised study guide, based on the 2001 movie, was written by the foremost scholar on the Holocaust, Dr. Michael Berenbaum, who also served as an advisor on the film.

Uprising was directed by Jon Avnet (Risky Business, Black Swan) and written by Avnet and Paul Brickman. This riveting narrative recounts the 28-day Jewish rebellion, a violent resistance that lasted longer than the country of Poland did against its occupiers. Avnet will lead a conversation following the screening with actors from the film and with questions from the audience. All educators in attendance will receive copies of the Uprising DVD and new study guide.

“Preserving the vital legacies of the Jews who fought back by bringing this little-known chapter of history to the world is central to our mission,” said JPEF Board Chair ElliottFelson. “JPEF educates new generations of students about the importance of standing upand making a difference. We are honored to include Uprising with our other curricula that impacts over one million young people annually.”

JPEF develops and distributesinnovative educational materials about the Jewish partisans and their life lessons, bringing the celebration of heroic resistance against tyranny into educational and cultural organizations. JPEF’s supports a network of over 20,000 educators while most Holocaust organizations around theworld.






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LOS ANGELES -- UCLA Faculty Center will host Samuel Kassow (Trinity College) Culture and Resistance Wartime Ghettos in: Case Studies from Lodz, Vilna, and Warsaw, Etta and Milton Leve Scholar-in-Residence Seminar.


The Warsaw, Lodz and Vilna ghettos saw an extraordinary degree of cultural activity: reportage, poetry, theater, documentation and street songs. What was the impact of this cultural resistance? How should it be studied? This seminar will also consider the complex interplay of cultural and armed resistance in the Vilna and Warsaw ghettos.

Moderator: Michael Rothberg (UCLA).  Sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies. Cosponsored by the 1939 Society, 1939 Society Samuel Goetz Chair in Holocaust Studies, UCLA Department of Germanic Languages California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language, UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies, USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

To RSVP please email cjsrsvp@humnet.ucla.edu or call (310) 267-5327.


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