Undesirables: A Holocaust Journey to North Africa

Undesirables: A Holocaust Journey to North Africa

A book talk by Aomar Boum (UCLA) moderated by Todd Presner (UCLA)

Tuesday, January 24, 2023
2:00 PM (Pacific Time)
314 Royce Hall

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Part of the Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies' Sady & Ludwig Kahn Book Talk in German Jewish Studies

In this gripping graphic novel, a Jewish journalist encounters an extension of the horrors of the Holocaust in North Africa. In the lead-up to World War II, the rising tide of fascism and antisemitism in Europe foreshadowed Hitler’s genocidal campaign against Jews. But the horrors of the Holocaust were not limited to the concentration camps of Europe: antisemitic terror spread through Vichy French imperial channels to France’s colonies in North Africa, where in the forced labor camps of Algeria and Morocco, Jews and other “undesirables” faced brutal conditions and struggled to survive in an unforgiving landscape quite unlike Europe. In this richly historical graphic novel, historian Aomar Boum and illustrator Nadjib Berber take us inside this lesser-known side of the traumas wrought by the Holocaust by following one man’s journey as a Holocaust refugee.

Aomar Boum is Maurice Amado Chair in Sephardic Studies in the Departments of Anthropology, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and History at the University of California, Los Angeles.




Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies, Department of History