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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
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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