US Holocaust Memorial Museum
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Jewish Brides and Soldier Husbands, 1943–1946
Robin Judd is associate professor of history at Ohio State University. Her scholarship interests focus on German-Jewish History in the 19th and 20th centuries. Dr. Judd is the author of Contested Rituals: Circumcision, Kosher Butchering, and German-Jewish Political Life in Germany, 1843-1933. She also has published a number of articles concerning Jewish history, gender history, and ritual behavior. Her current project is tentatively titled, “Love at the Zero Hour: European War Brides, GI Husbands, and European Strategies for Reconstruction.”
Dr. Judd will discuss her recent research findings, focusing on the significant number of Jewish European women, mostly survivors of the Holocaust, who married American, British, and Canadian soldiers whom they met in Europe between 1943 and 1950. She will examine the transnational stories of these survivors and show how these wartime marriages served as touchstones around the important issues of the day—those of multiple displacements, gender, national power, religion, and reconstruction.
Robin Judd, Associate Professor of History, Ohio State University
The program will be followed by a dessert reception in the Museum's Hall of Witness.
The Monna and Otto Weinmann Annual Lecture honors Holocaust survivors and their fates, experiences, and accomplishments. Monna Steinbach Weinmann (1906–1991), born in Poland and raised in Austria, fled to England in autumn 1938. Otto Weinmann (1903–1993), born in Vienna and raised in Czechoslovakia, served in the Czechoslovak, French, and British armies; was wounded at Normandy; and received the Croix de Guerre for his valiant contributions during the war. Monna Steinbach and Otto Weinmann married in London in 1941 and emigrated to the United States in 1948.
This annual lecture has been made possible by Janice Weinman Shorenstein.
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