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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


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.


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).



Friday, April 19


11:00 am - 12:00 pm




Besters, Lecture


Marsha Humphries