Family Affairs: Ashkenazi and Sephardi Personal Histories

In a series of discussions with leading scholars of modern Jewish history and the Holocaust, our "Family Affairs" series explores researching and writing about Jewish experience from a distinctively personal perspective. We also discuss projects in the making, with scholars who are currently working on their books that either trace their family history or take this connection as a point of departure for their research. Despite their different disciplinary approaches and geographic scope, what these scholars share is the challenge of life-writing about close relatives. How does this experience change their thinking about Jewish history and their experience of writing it? What do these family affairs reveal to them in different ways? Meri-Jane Rochelson and Devin E. Naar discuss their projects and personal histories in Ashkenazi and Sephardi contexts, in conversation with Natalia Aleksiun. This event took place on November 11, 2020.

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