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Hybrid Public Lecture: Ari Joskowicz: Roma, Jews, and the Holocaust

May 10, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Held as part of the Symposium on New Directions in the Study of the Roma Genocide and in association with the Fraenkel Prize

Jews and Roma died side by side in the Holocaust, yet the world did not recognize their destruction equally. In the years and decades following the war, Jews’ experience of genocide increasingly occupied the attention of legal experts, scholars, educators, curators, and politicians, while the genocide of Europe’s Roma was largely ignored. Responding to this imbalance, many Roma came to rely on Jewish institutions, funding sources, and professional networks as they sought to gain recognition for their wartime suffering.

This presentation charts the resulting evolving relationship between Roma and Jews since the Holocaust. During the Nazi era, Jews and Roma were largely proximate strangers with little in common besides their experience of simultaneous persecution. Yet many decades of entwined struggles for justice have deepened Romani-Jewish relations, which now centre not only on commemorations of past genocides but also contemporary debates over antiracism and Zionism.

About the speaker

Ari Joskowicz is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University and Director of the university’s Max Kade Center for European and German Studies. He is the author of Rain of Ash: Roma, Jews, and the Holocaust (2023), which won the Fraenkel Prize 2022, and The Modernity of Others: Jewish Anti-Catholicism in Germany and France (2014), and editor of Secularim in Question: Jews and Judaim in Modern Times (2015).

Chair: Dr Celia Donert, Associate Professor in Central European History, University of Cambridge.

Rain of Ash: Roma, Jews, and the Holocaust will be available to purchase on the night.


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