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Ghetto Chronicles with Historian Sam Kassow

Date(s) - Wednesday, March 17th
7:00 pm CDT - 8:00 pm CDT


dsc0801-version-2After the Nazis occupied Poland in 1939, they began segregating Jews in ghettos. By mid-1941, nearly all Jews in occupied Poland had been forced into these overcrowded districts. In the Warsaw ghetto, by far the largest, 490,000 Jews struggled to survive despite extreme hardship. In larger centers, ghettos were shut in by walls, fences or barbed wire. No one could leave or enter without a special permit.

Sam Kassow, historian and author of Who Will Write Our History? Rediscovering a Hidden Archive From the Warsaw Ghettowill share his expertise about ghettos during World War II. The talk will center on the Lodz Ghetto, the centerpiece of JMM’s 2020 special exhibit Girl in the Diary: Searching for Rywka from the Łódź Ghetto, but will provide comparisons to Theresienstadt, the centerpiece of the current special exhibit, To Paint is to Live: The Artwork of Erich Lichtblau-Leskly.

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Co-sponsored by Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center and The Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies. In connection with To Paint Is To Live: The Artwork of Erich Lichtblau-Leskly, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, February 18 –  May 30, 2021.

About Sam Kassow

Samuel Kassow, Charles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity  College, holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He has been a visiting professor at many institutions including the Hebrew University, Harvard, Toronto and Dartmouth. From 2006 until 2013 he was the lead historian for two galleries of the recently opened POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.  He has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Jewish Research.

Professor Kassow is the author of Who will Write  our  History: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Secret Ghetto Archive (Indiana,  2007),  which received the Orbis Prize of the AAASS and which was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award. It has been translated into eight languages. He is also co-editor of Between Tsar and People (Princeton University Press, 1993) and edited  In Those Nightmarish Days: the Ghetto Reportage of Peretz Opoczynski and Josef Zelkowicz which Yale University Press published in October 2016. 

A child of Holocaust  survivors, Professor Kassow was born in a Displaced Persons camp in  Germany.

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