31 January: Shirli Gilbert, ‘Displaced Jews: Renewal in the Shadow of the Holocaust’

Between 1945 and 1950, Allied-occupied Germany became the temporary home for over a quarter of a million surviving Jews. In this ‘waiting room’ of history, the world witnessed the most extraordinary renewal of Jewish life and culture. How do we understand the power and vitality of this rebirth, and what lessons might it hold for our Jewish lives today?

Shirli Gilbert is Professor of Modern Jewish History at University College London. She has a particular interest in the Holocaust and its legacies, modern Jewish identity, and Jews in South Africa. She holds a D. Phil in Modern History from the University of Oxford and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan. Before coming to UCL, she was Karten Professor of Modern History and Director of the Parkes Institute for Jewish/ non-Jewish Relations at the University of Southampton.

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