In April 1943, some 2,000 Jewish fighters attacked German troops that were seeking to liquidate the Warsaw ghetto. Their revolt was the first organized and armed anti-Nazi uprising among any of Europe's occupied peoples, and it immediately captured the imaginations of Jews and non-Jews throughout the world. Today, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising remains an abiding symbol of Jewish resistance in the face of death. But in the seven decades that have passed since it occurred, new perspectives have been added to the ongoing discussion of its meaning. How have events of the past 70 years shaped contemporary views of what transpired in Warsaw in 1943? What significance does the Warsaw Ghetto revolt have for the Jewish people today?
Dr. David Engel, Greenberg Professor of Holocaust Studies, professor and chair of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, and professor of History at New York University, and a senior fellow of the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center at Tel Aviv University, will discuss these and other relevant issues surrounding the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in a lecture at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) on Thursday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. JTS is located at 3080 Broadway (corner 122nd Street) in New York City. Titled "The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: Meaning and Message 70 Years Later," the event is a Gerson D. Cohen Memorial Lecture. Admission is free, but reservations are required. RSVP at www.jtsa.edu/warsaw-ghetto. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for check-in, and have photo ID available.
Dr. Engel is the author of eight books on aspects of the Holocaust and 20th-century Jewish history, and since 1985 has edited Tel Aviv University's series Gal-Ed: On the History and Culture of Polish Jews. A member of the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, he has taught and lectured widely on the history of the Jews under Nazi impact throughout Europe, North America, and Israel.
The annual Gerson D. Cohen Memorial Lecture was established in 1993 by the Honorable Howard M. Holtzmann, honorary chairman of the JTS Board of Trustees, as a tribute to the late Gerson D. Cohen, who served as chancellor of JTS from 1972 to 1986.
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