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Besters Book Club Presents: Laura Hobson Faure

A ​“Jew­ish Mar­shall Plan” The Amer­i­can Jew­ish Pres­ence in Post-Holo­caust France

Friday April 19, 2024 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Event Series Event Series: Jewish Book Council Events 2023-2024

The Besters are pleased to welcome author Laura Faure to conclude their Book Club series for the 2023-2024 programming year on Friday, April 19 at 11:00 am to discuss her book A ​“Jew­ish Mar­shall Plan” The Amer­i­can Jew­ish Pres­ence in Post-Holo­caust France.

This lecture is free and open to everyone, but RSVP is required.

This lecture will take place on Zoom.

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This lecture is presented in partnership with the Jewish Book Council.

About the Book:

While the role the Unit­ed States played in France’s lib­er­a­tion from Nazi Ger­many is wide­ly cel­e­brat­ed, it is less well known that Amer­i­can Jew­ish indi­vid­u­als and orga­ni­za­tions mobi­lized to recon­struct Jew­ish life in France after the Holo­caust. In A ​Jew­ish Mar­shall Plan,” Lau­ra Hob­son Fau­re explores how Amer­i­can Jews com­mit­ted them­selves and hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars to bring much need­ed aid to their French coreligionists.

Hob­son Fau­re sheds light on Amer­i­can Jew­ish chap­lains, mem­bers of the Armed Forces, and those involved with Jew­ish phil­an­thropic orga­ni­za­tions who sought out Jew­ish sur­vivors and became deeply entan­gled with the com­mu­ni­ties they helped to rebuild. While well inten­tioned, their actions did not always meet the needs and desires of the French Jews.

A ​Jew­ish Mar­shall Plan” exam­ines the com­plex inter­ac­tions, exchanges, and sol­i­dar­i­ties cre­at­ed between Amer­i­can and French Jews fol­low­ing the Holo­caust. Chal­leng­ing the assump­tion that French Jews were pas­sive recip­i­ents of aid, this work reveals their work as active part­ners who nego­ti­at­ed their own role in the recon­struc­tion process.

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About the Author:

Lau­ra Hob­son Fau­re is a pro­fes­sor at the Panthéon-Sorbonne Uni­ver­si­ty-Paris 1, where she holds the chair of Mod­ern Jew­ish His­to­ry and is a mem­ber of the Cen­ter for Social His­to­ry (UMR 8058). She is the author of A Jew­ish Mar­shall Plan: the Amer­i­can Jew­ish Pres­ence in Post-Holo­caust France and co-edi­tor of L’OEu­vre de Sec­ours aux Enfants et les pop­u­la­tions juives au XXème siè­clePrévenir et Guérir dans un siè­cle de vio­lences and Les enfants ” sans famille ” dans les con­flits du 20ème siè­cle (Edi­tions CNRS forthcoming).

Details

Date:

Friday, April 19

Time:

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Venue

Online

Tags

Besters, Lecture

Organizer

Marsha Humphries