Wed May 26 2021


12:00 pm



Yiddish Scholarship During and After the Holocaust (in Yiddish), with Cecile Kuznitz

This year’s offering in Stanford University’s Clara Sumpf Yiddish Lecture Series features Cecile Kuznitz, whose topic is

 ״מיר װילן דערקענען די װעלט, כּדי זי איבערצובױען״׃ 
די ייִדישע װיסנשאַפֿט בשעתן און נאָכן חור

“We Want to Understand the World in Order to Rebuild It”: Yiddish Scholarship During and After the Holocaust.

As early as 1940 the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research set out to bring news of the unfolding European tragedy to an American audience. As the scope of the destruction became clear, YIVO became a pioneer of Holocaust scholarship and of commemorating the losses of Jewish Eastern Europe. At the same time, the institute remained true to its mission of addressing contemporary problems in its new American home.

This lecture is in Yiddish. The one the previous day is in English on a different subject.

Cecile E. Kuznitz is Associate Professor of History and Director of Jewish Studies at Bard College. She is the author of YIVO and The Making of Modern Jewish Culture: Scholarship for the Yiddish Nation (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and numerous articles on the history of Yiddish scholarship, the Jewish community of Vilna, and Jewish urban history. During 2019-2020 she was a Lady Davis Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as well as a Ruth Meltzer fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies.

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