Events and Programs Fall 2010
The Unknown Black Book: The Holocaust in the Soviet Union
September 21, 4:00 p.m., Clark Lounge.
Joshua Rubenstein, the Northeast Director of Amnesty International, spoke about the Holocaust in the Soviet Union. Rubenstein's book by the same name provides a revelatory compilation of testimonies from Jews who survived open-air massacres and other atrocities carried out by the Germans and their allies in the occupied Soviet territories during World War II—Ukraine, Belorussia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Crimea.
Steve Stern, reading from The Frozen Rabbi
October 7, 7:30 p.m., Klingenstein Lounge.
Steve Stern, the acclaimed author of novels and stories with a deep grounding in Yiddish folklore, read from his latest book. Stern’s newest novel — “The Frozen Rabbi” — is about a rabbi who has literally been frozen alive in a block of ice that travels from Poland to Manhattan to a Jewish community in Memphis, Tennessee, where he is accidentally defrosted.
Keep Your Wives Away from Them: Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires
A reading by Miryam Kabakov, Mara Benjamin, and Elaine Chapnick.
October 28, 7:30 p.m., Clark Lounge
Keep Your Wives Away from Them (edited by Miryam Kabakov) gives voice to genderqueer Jewish women who were once silenced—and effectively rendered invisible—by their faith. It tells the story of Orthodox Jewish women who have come out, who are still closeted, living double lives, or struggling to maintain an integrated “single life” in relationship to traditional Judaism—personal stories that are both enlightening and edifying. Cosponsored by the LGBT Center, Women's Studies, Hillel, and Sociology. For more information on the book, see http://www.keepyourwivesawayfromthem.com/
Annual Holocaust Lecture
Susannah Heschel: The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theology and Nazi Racism
November 9, 7:30 p.m., Emerson Suites
Dr. Heschel (Dartmouth College) will speak on the anniversary of Kristallnacht (the Nazi pogrom against the Jews of Germany and Austria in November 9-10, 1938) about Christian responses to the Nazi persecution of the Jews and the attraction of some Christian theologians of the time to Nazi racial theory.
Dr. Heschel's latest book, The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany, discusses German Protestant theologians who, motivated by racism, and tapping into traditional Christian anti-Semitism, redefined Jesus as an Aryan and Christianity as a religion at war with Judaism. In 1939, these theologians established the Institute for the Study and Eradication of Jewish Influence on German Religious Life. In The Aryan Jesus, Susannah Heschel shows that during the Third Reich, the Institute became the most important propaganda organ of German Protestantism, exerting a widespread influence and producing a nazified Christianity that placed anti-Semitism at its theological center.