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June 06, 2018
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7 p.m.

US Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024

2018 Monna and Otto Weinmann Annual Lecture “Far from Us, But Close at Heart”:
Sephardic Jews in America Confront the Holocaust
Public Program
A Jewish family poses in front of Parthenon, circa 1930–1931. <i>US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Isaac Nehama</i>
A Jewish family poses in front of Parthenon, circa 1930–1931. US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Isaac Nehama

In the annual Weinmann lecture, Dr. Devin Naar will weave together two overlooked stories not part of the mainstream Holocaust narrative: the devastating experiences of Sephardic Jews in Nazi-occupied Greece and the frantic efforts of their relatives in the United States to come to their aid. By tracing the deep connections maintained among Sephardic Jews in the United States and their native communities in Greece, Dr. Naar will reconstruct the efforts of individuals, families, and organizations like the Sephardic Brotherhood of America to respond to the rise of Nazi Germany, the outbreak of World War II, and the ultimate destruction of Greece’s Jews. Continuing with their postwar efforts to commemorate their native communities in Greece, Sephardic Jews in America sought to show that although halfway across the globe, they remained “close at heart.”

Devin Naar, Isaac Alhadeff Professor in Sephardic Studies, Associate Professor of History, and faculty at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington

This event will be followed by a reception in the Museum's Hall of Witness.

This annual lecture has been made possible by Janice Weinman Shorenstein.

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The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
The Mandel Center supports scholarship and publications in the field, promotes the growth of Holocaust studies at American universities, fosters strong relationships between American and international scholars, and initiates programs to ensure the ongoing training of future generations of scholars.
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At the time of the Axis occupation in 1941, nearly 72,000 Jews lived in Greece. The differing priorities of Germany, Italy, and Bulgaria with regard to the Jews impacted their fate.
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Monna and Otto Weinmann Annual Lecture
The Monna and Otto Weinmann Annual lecture honors Holocaust survivors and their fates, experiences, and accomplishments. Recordings and copies of past lectures are available here.
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Sephardi Jews during the Holocaust
The Nazi Holocaust that devastated European Jewry and virtually destroyed its centuries-old culture also wiped out the great European population centers of Sephardi (or Judeo-Spanish) Jewry and led to the almost complete demise of its unique language and traditions.
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