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Two Fatherlands? Zionist Youth and the Politics of Belonging in 1930s Poland

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thomson Hall 101

Lecture by Dr. Dan Heller, Hazel D. Cole Fellow in Jewish Studies

Why would a Zionist youth movement consider marching in Polish patriotic parades? This talk will investigate the dynamics that led Betar members to call for their members to "act Polish." Dr. Heller draws on autobiographies of Jewish youth written in Polish, Yiddish, and Hebrew, as well as police reports from across Poland. The talk will provide a vivid portrait of Polish-Jewish relations and the world of Polish Jewish youth on the eve of the Second World War.