During the first months of WWII, over a million Polish citizens, Jews and Poles, escaped to the Soviet border. More than half were exiled by the Soviets in 1940, released in 1941, and spent the remainder of the war in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, with some continuing on to Iran, India, and Palestine. The majority of Polish Jews who survived Nazi extermination survived as refugees in these lands. Mikhal Dekel will outline some of their paths and talk about her forthcoming book, Tehran Children.
Mikhal Dekel is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and Director of CCNY’s Rifkind Center for Humanities & the Arts. She is the author of The Universal Jew: Masculinity, Modernity and the Zionist Moment (Northwestern University Press, 2011) and Oedipus in Kishinev (in Hebrew) (Bialik Institute Press, 2014). She has received several fellowships, including an NEH in 2017. Tehran Children is forthcoming from W.W. Norton.
Sponsored by The Center for Jewish Studies.
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