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Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey


Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey

A group of "Teheran children" waiting to board the train at the Atlit railway station, 1943. Photo: Zoltan Kluger (Public domain).


The 1939 Society Lecture in Holocaust Studies by Mikhal Dekel (CUNY, English and Comparative Literature). Organized by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, cosponsored by CERS.


Thursday, November 21, 2019
4:00 PM
UCLA Luskin Conference Center


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Weaving together her own family history with those of hundreds and thousands of other Jewish and Catholic Polish families who fled eastward seeking refuge, Mikhal Dekel discusses the relatively unknown story of the Holocaust in Central Asia, and explores the mutual impacts of refugees and host countries, including Iran, India and Palestine, on each other.

Mikhal Dekel is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the City College and the CUNY Graduate Center and Director of CCNY’s Rifkind Center for Humanities and the Arts. She is the recipient of many awards - including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation and the Lady Davis Foundation – and is the author of three books: Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey (W.W. Norton in 2019) Oedipus in Kishinev (Bialik Institute, 2014), and The Zionist Moment (Northwestern University Press, 2011). Her articles, translations, and blogs have appeared in many publications, including the Journal of Comparative Literature, English Literary History, Jewish Social Studies and Callaloo.


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Cost : Free and open to the public. RSVP required for admission.

Sponsor(s): Center for European and Russian Studies, Program on Central Asia, UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies