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170 St. George Street, JHB Room 100
Time: Mar 29th, 5:00 pm End: Mar 29th, 7:00 pm
Interest Categories: Religion, Study of (FAS), Jewish Studies, Islamic Studies, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC)
Talk by Yossi Sucary

The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies presents


We are pleased to invite you to a meeting with Israeli author Yossi Sucary, whose Hebrew novel Benghazi–Bergen-Belzen (Am Oved, 2013) has just been published in English translation. The first novel about the Holocaust of Libyan Jews, Benghazi–Bergen-Belzen brilliantly depicts the transformations and tribulations this intriguing community has undergone during the Second World War. Violently uprooted from their autonomic lifestyle and thrown into a language, culture, and geography completely foreign to their own, Libyan Jews—like other Jews living among Arabic speaking Muslims—were doomed to profound detachment, cut off even from the new ways of life formed among the camps’ prisoners. Placed at the bottom of the Nazi race-hierarchy for their oriental origin, they were incomprehensible to the European eye, and perceived as intimidating, even by their fellow European Jewish prisoners.

Yossi Sucary (b. 1959) is a multi-award winning Libyan-Israeli academic and author, who is considered a leading voice of the new wave of Mizrahi literature in Israel. This evening is a unique opportunity to hear the largely untold story of Libya’s victims during the second world war. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required. Limited seating.

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

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