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Resurrecting the Jew: Nationalism, Philosemitism, and Poland’s Jewish Revival | Geneviève Zubrzycki (Ann Arbor)

Thursday, June 06, 2024, 14:15 o'clock - Thursday, June 06, 2024, 16:00 o'clock

Research Colloquium of the Leibniz ScienceCampus and Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies

Abstract: Since the early 2000s, Poland has experienced a remarkable Jewish revival, largely driven by non-Jewish Poles with a passionate new interest in all things Jewish. Klezmer music, Jewish-style restaurants, kosher vodka, and festivals of Jewish culture have become popular, while new museums, memorials, Jewish studies programs, and Holocaust research centers reflect soul-searching about Polish-Jewish relations before, during, and after the Holocaust. In Resurrecting the Jew, Geneviève Zubrzycki examines this revival and asks what it means to try to bring Jewish culture back to life in a country where 3 million Jews were murdered and where only about 10,000 Jews now live. Drawing on a decade of participant-observation in Jewish and Jewish-related organizations in Poland, a Birthright trip to Israel with young Polish Jews, and more than a hundred interviews with Jewish and non-Jewish Poles engaged in the Jewish revival, Resurrecting the Jew presents an in-depth look at Jewish life in Poland today.

Geneviève Zubrzycki is William H. Sewell Jr. Collegiate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan, where she directs the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia and the Copernicus Center for Polish Studies. A historical and cultural sociologist, she has published widely on nationalism and religion; collective memory, national mythology and the politics of commemoration; and visual culture and materiality. She’s the author of the award-winning The Crosses of Auschwitz: Nationalism and Religion in Post-Communist Poland (2006), Beheading the Saint: Nationalism, Religion and Secularism in Quebec (2016), and Resurrecting the Jew: Nationalism, Philosemitism and Poland’s Jewish Revival (2022). She is a Visiting Fellow at the ScienceCampus and Graduate School throughout June 2024.

Admission is free. All interested parties are welcome.

Link to further information: https://europeamerica.de/news-and-events/detail/research-colloquium-zubrzycki-resurrecting-the-jew.html

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