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Lecture: 'Zionism, Holocaust Survivors and the Creation of Israel'

Event Details

November 30, 2016
12:20 pm

Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies

758 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA

Handicap access available
Free admission
Lara Curtis

“Zionism, Holocaust Survivors, and the Creation of Israel,” a lecture by Avinoam Patt.

Patt is the Philip D. Feltman Professor of Modern Jewish History at the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford, where he is also director of the Museum of Jewish Civilization.  He received his Ph.D. in modern European history and Hebrew and Judaic studies from New York University. 

His first book, “Finding Home and Homeland: Jewish Youth and Zionism in the Aftermath of the Holocaust” (published by Wayne State University Press, May 2009), examines the appeal of Zionism for young survivors in Europe in the aftermath of the Holocaust and their role in the creation of the state of Israel.  He is also the co-editor (with Michael Berkowitz) of a collected volume on Jewish Displaced Persons, titled “We are Here: New Approaches to the Study of Jewish Displaced Persons in Postwar Germany” (Wayne State University Press, February 2010).  He is a contributor to several projects at the USHMM, and is co-author of the recently published source volume, titled “Jewish Responses to Persecution, 1938-1940” (USHMM/Alta Mira Press, September 2011).  He has also published numerous articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia articles on various topics related to Jewish life and culture before, during, and after the Holocaust. He is co-editor of a forthcoming anthology of recent American Jewish fiction titled “The New Diaspora: The Changing Landscape of American Jewish Fiction. In Celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for American Jewish Fiction (with Mark Shechner and Victoria Aarons, to be published by Wayne State University Press in November 2014).  

Patt teaches courses on modern Jewish history, American Jewish history, responses to the Holocaust, the history of Zionism and the State of Israel, Jewish film and modern Jewish literature among others.


From the main UMass Amherst campus, head north on North Pleasant Street. The Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies is on the left, just past the traffic circle.

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