University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Center for Holocaust Studies

Monday, November 2, 2015 Waterman Memorial Lounge (Room 338)

The Annual Raul Hilberg Memorial Lecture

Marion Kaplan
Marion Kaplan is the Skirball Professor of Modern Jewish History at New York University.

Daily Dilemmas: The Lives and Feelings of Jewish Refugees in Portugal, 1940-45

Marion Kaplan, New York University 

This talk will examine the difficult escapes of Jews from Central Europe and their sojourn in Portugal as they waited to sail onward. Many fled to France, but once the Germans invaded in June 1940, Jews joined the mass exodus towards Spain and Portugal. Their frightening odysseys from impending doom to fragile safety, their fearful wait in an oddly peaceful purgatory, and their grateful surprise at the reactions of Portuguese citizens linked up with more personal, private agonies.

Marion Kaplan is the Skirball Professor of Modern Jewish History at New York University. She has written or contributed to a wealth of published works. Books published include: Gender and Jewish History, co-edited with Deborah Dash Moore (2011); Dominican Haven: The Jewish Refugee Settlement in Sosúa, 1940-1945 (2008); Jewish Daily Life in Germany, 1618-1945 (2005); Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany (1998); and The Making of the Jewish Middle Class: Women, Family, and Identity in Imperial Germany (1991). Three of her books have won the National Jewish Book Award, and one of them was a finalist for that award. All of her monographs have been translated into German. 

The Raul Hilberg Memorial Lecture is made possible through a generous gift from Jerold D. Jacobson, Esquire, of New York City, UVM Class of 1962