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Mass Displacement in the Mid-Twentieth Century: A Comparative Look at Europe and the Middle East

Thursday, May 2, 2019
5:00pm – 6:00pm

Storrs Campus
Dodd Konover Auditorium

UCLA Professor David N. Myers will present "Mass Displacement in the Mid-Twentieth Century: A Comparative Look at Europe and the Middle East" for the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life Annual Academic Convocation on the Holocaust. The lecture is made possible by the I. Martin and Janet M. Fierberg Fund that supports lectures at the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life. Co-sponsors include the American Studies Program, the History Department, the Human Rights Institute, the Humanities Institute, the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, the Middle East Studies Program, and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.

A reception will immediately follow.

About the Presentation:

The current moment of massive population displacement in the world leads us to seek out historical precedents and explanations. Most immediately, the Second World War and its aftermath come to mind, when millions of people were displaced, rendered homeless or repopulated.

This talk will explore one particular strand in this post-WWII history, inquiring whether there was a causal relationship between an act of displacement in one context and another elsewhere. More particularly, the lecture will focus on the relationship among three significant population displacements in the 1940s stretching from Europe to the Middle East: first, the phenomenon of European Jewish DPs in the wake of the Holocaust; second, the displacement of Palestinians during the 1948 war between Jewish and Arab sides in Palestine and later Israel; and finally, the dispossession of Jews in Arab countries. What is the connection among these three distinct occurrences? And do these events, individually or as a causal chain, shed light on the unprecedented scale of forced displacement today?

About the Speaker:

David N. Myers is the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Professor of Jewish History at UCLA, where he also serves as the director of the UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy.

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Pamela Weathers,, 860-486-2271

Judaic Studies (primary), Dodd Human Rights Impact, History Department, Human Rights Institute, Humanities Institute, UConn Master Calendar

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