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Roma, Jews and the Holocaust

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 | 5:00 PM

Umrath Lounge
Umrath Hall, St. Louis, MO 63130

Holocaust Memorial Lecture 2023

Tracing the stories of many Romani and Jewish victims, survivors, historians, and activists, Ari Joskowicz vividly describes the experiences of Hitler’s forgotten victims and charts the evolving postwar relationship between Roma and Jews over the course of nearly a century. During the Nazi era, Jews and Roma shared little in common besides their simultaneous persecution. Yet the decades of entwined struggles for recognition have deepened Romani-Jewish relations. They now center not only on commemorations of past genocides or compensation practices but also on contemporary debates about antiracism and the future of democracy.

The event is free and open to all, but we ask that you please RSVP here.

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Lectures & Presentations


Arts & Sciences



Speaker Information

Ari Joskowicz is chair of Jewish Studies, associate professor of Jewish studies and European studies, and associate professor of history at Vanderbilt University. As a historian of modern Jewish and European history, he is especially interested in the interplay between Jewish history and transnational minority politics since the Enlightenment and has published widely on these themes. His new book, Rain of Ash: Roma, Jews, and the Holocaust (Princeton University Press, 2023), traces the unlikely entanglement of the histories of Jews and Romanies throughout the 20th century, focusing on Western and Central Europe as well as the United States and Israel.
Joskowicz’ work has been supported, among others, by the Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center (Hebrew University, Jerusalem), the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the American Philosophical Society, the American Society of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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