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Online Book Talk: A “Jewish Marshall Plan”, Laura Hobson Faure in conversation with Daniel Lee

February 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A Jewish Marshall Plan book cover by Laura Hobson Faure

The Wiener Holocaust Library is delighted to host this online event with Prof Hobson Faure in conversation with Dr Daniel Lee as part of our new academic book events series. In the US National Jewish Book Award Winner, A Jew­ish Mar­shall Plan: the Amer­i­can Jew­ish Pres­ence in Post-Holo­caust France, Lau­ra Hob­son Fau­re ana­lyses the post­war encounter between Amer­i­can Jews and the French Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ty in the after­math of the Holo­caust.

The judges of the National Jewish Book Week said:

“Uti­liz­ing sources from six­teen archives in France, Israel, and the Unit­ed States, Hob­son Fau­re crafts a metic­u­lous­ly detailed transna­tion­al social his­to­ry of the inter­ac­tion between Amer­i­can Jews asso­ci­at­ed pri­mar­i­ly with the JDC (Joint Dis­tri­b­u­tion Com­mit­tee) and the US Army that high­lights the vast sums of phil­an­thropic assis­tance that char­ac­ter­ized the Jew­ish Mar­shall Plan, based in deeply held feel­ings of transna­tion­al sol­i­dar­i­ty, which were nonethe­less tan­gled in com­plex social and polit­i­cal dynam­ics.

Hob­son Faure’s painstak­ing approach to archival research leaves almost no page unturned, incor­po­rat­ing doc­u­men­ta­tion, oral his­to­ry, press accounts, mem­oirs, and more to craft an inno­v­a­tive, indeed path-break­ing, his­to­ry of the post­war recon­struc­tion of the Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ty in France and the lead­ing role played by the JDC, in a work that will sure­ly become the new stan­dard in the field.”

Laura Hobson Faure is a full 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). Her research focuses on the intersections between French and American Jewish life during the 20th century.  She is the author of A “Jewish Marshall Plan”: the American Jewish Presence in Post-Holocaust France (Armand Colin, 2013 in French; Indiana University Press, 2022) which won a National Jewish Book award and will soon publish Rescue: The Story of Kindertransport to France and America. She also co-edited L’Œuvre de Secours aux Enfants et les populations juives au XXème siècle. Prévenir et Guérir dans un siècle de violences (Armand Colin, 2014) and Enfants en guerre. « Sans famille » dans les conflits du XXème siècle (éditions CNRS, 2023).

Dr Daniel Lee is a historian of the Second World War and a specialist in the history of Jews in France and North Africa during the Holocaust. His first book, Pétain’s Jewish Children: French Jewish Youth and the Vichy Regime, 1940–42 (OUP, 2014) explored the coexistence between young French Jews and the Vichy regime. His second book, The SS Officer’s Armchair (Jonathan Cape, 2020), examines the life of a low-ranking SS officer from Stuttgart whose personal documents were recently discovered sewn into the cushion of an armchair. He is working on a history of the Jews of Tunisia during the Second World War, and is also the Principal Investigator on a British Academy GCRF Sustainable Development Programme project entitled, “Traces of Jewish Memory in Contemporary Tunisia”.

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