Rebecca will be talking about her forthcoming book The Jewish Journey: 4000 years in 22 Objects.
Rebecca Abrams is an award-winning author and journalist, and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Oxford. Her most recent novel, Touching Distance (Picador), was shortlisted for the McKittrick Prize for Literature.
The talk will introduce discoveries in the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre. Focusing on the Jewish Arts Festival and the performance of ‘The Dybbuk’, Mia will discuss the popularity of the dybbuk’s haunting figure in Jewish theatre in post-war Scotland. Hannah will explore the archive of Dorrith Sim, a refugee from Nazi Germany, and the contribution to knowledge that research on a specific family may make, as well as the ethical questions arising from researching such a deeply personal archive.Dr Mia Spiro (Jewish Studies, University of Glasgow) has published widely on literary and visual images of Jews in the early twentieth century. Dr Hannah Holtschneider (Jewish Studies, University of Edinburgh) mainly works on twentieth century Jewish cultural history, often in relation to Holocaust memory and representation in a variety of media. Together Hannah and Mia work on the ‘Jewish Lives, Scottish Spaces’ research project: http://jewishmigrationtoscotland.is.ed.ac.uk/