Mini course by Elana Jakel “Everyday Jewish Life in the Interwar USSR” (March 13–16, 2017)

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MA in Jewish Studies Program at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Ukrainian Association for Jewish Studies, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum invite to a mini course by Elana Jakel “Everyday Jewish Life in the Interwar USSR.”

This course will survey Soviet Jewish history from 1917 to 1941. Particular attention will be given to the lived experiences of Jews as revealed through a variety of primary sources as well as recent scholarship. Although the Jewish experience in the interwar USSR traditionally has been associated with change, this course also will consider the continuities that transcended the rupture between the tsarist and Soviet eras. Another central question that will be explored is the role of belief – religious, ideological, and prejudicial – in shaping both the continuities and changes that the interwar period brought about in the lives of Soviet Jews. Finally, it will be analyzed how memories shaped both the lived experiences of Jews in the interwar Soviet Union and how Jews have conceptualized these years in retrospect.

Dr. Elana Jakel is Program Manager of the Initiative for the Study of the Ukrainian Jewry at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014 with a dissertation entitled, “‘Ukraine without Jews’? Nationality and Belonging in Soviet Ukraine, 1943–1948.” Dr. Jakel has won many awards and fellowships, including a Fulbright Fellowship and an International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) grant. She has presented widely at academic conferences and currently is revising her dissertation into a book.

The mini course will take place on
Monday, March 13, 10:00
Tuesday, March 14, 11:40
Wednesday, March 15, 15:00
Thursday, March 16, 10:00

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Venue: Office of the NaUKMA Jewish Studies programs
Kyiv, Voloska Street 8/5, building 5, basement

This mini course is possible thanks to the generosity of The Piotr and Basheva Polsky Memorial Initiative for the Study of Ukrainian Jewry.