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The Turning Point: The Soviet State and Its Jewry in the Aftermath of the Holocaust

The Turning Point: The Soviet State and Its Jewry in the Aftermath of the Holocaust
170 St. George Street, JHB Room 100
Time: Apr 4th, 4:00 pm End: Apr 4th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Religion, Study of (FAS), Jewish Studies, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), 2000-, 1950-2000, 1900-1950
Lecture Series by Diana Dumitru, University in Moldova

The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies presents

Dr. Marvin C. and Sharon A. Gerstein Lecture Series

1. Monday, March 28 at 4:00pm

The State, Antisemitism, and the Holocaust in the Soviet-Romanian Borderlands

 2. Monday, April 4 at 4:00pm

The Turning Point: The Soviet State and Its Jewry in the Aftermath of the Holocaust

Dr.Dumitru's talk will examine the perplexing trajectory of the Soviet state policies towards its Jewish population in the aftermath of the Holocaust. Both primary and secondary sources indicate a rise in both official and mass-level antisemitism in the late Stalinist period, which slowly evolved into a policy of tacit prohibition of public references to Jews, but with a creeping antisemitism. Were there any links between the physical obliteration of a significant part of Soviet Jewry during the Holocaust and the regime's demonstrated change towards this group in the post-war period? Why and how did Soviet Jewry become an "invisible group" in the postwar era? This talk will explore these questions and, more broadly, examine the impact of multiple new realities which came to bear on the lives of surviving Jews in the Soviet Union after the Second World War, including the absence of social security, state support, and new challenges for feeling and acting Jewish in the Soviet Union in the aftermath of the Holocaust.


Diana Dumitru is the 2015-16 Gerstein Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto. She is professor at the Ion Creanga State Pedagogical University in Moldova.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required. Limited seating. For further information, please contact the Centre for Jewish Studies at 416 978-1624

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