10 October 2006

New York: Center for Jewish history

The Center for Jewish History in New York City houses the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, and presents many interesting exhibits and programs. The Jewish Genealogical Society (New York) also meets at the CJH.

Upcoming programs of possible interest to Italian, Belarus and Eastern European researchers include:

Tuesday, October 17: "The Banality of Good" will present a panel of historians, survivors and rescuers, who will explore various aspects of Italian citizens and public officers who chose to help persecuted Jews by opposing anti-Semitic policies.

Wednesdays, October 25 and November 15: 2005 CJH Fellows will present papers based on their research last year.

The first will feature Stanford University PhD candidate Elissa Bemporad's "The Yiddish Experiment in Minsk, 1920-1938," while the other will present Maya Benton, PhD candidate in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, on "Shuttered Memories of a Vanishing World: the Deliberate Photography of Roman Vishniac and its Effect on Modern Jewish Self-Consciousness."

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