UCL Institute of Jewish Studies


Poland and Hungary: Jewish Realities Compared

9:30 am to 5:30 pm, 29 January 2019

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Embassy of the Republic of Poland, 47 Portland Place, London W1B 1JH

A One-day Conference to launch Studies in Polish Jewry: Polin 31

Edited by François Guesnet, Howard Lupovitch and Antony Polonsky.

Published by the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization.

The volume will be available at the conference at a 25% discount.

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At the beginning of the twentieth century, the Jewish communities of Poland and Hungary were the largest in the world and among the most culturally vibrant, yet they have rarely been studied comparatively. Despite the obvious similarities, historians have mainly preferred to highlight the differences and emphasize instead the central European character of Hungarian Jewry. Speakers at this conference will reflect on the usefulness of historical comparisons regarding the different social and cultural trajectories of Hungarian and Polish Jews, the Holocaust, historical consciousness, and the role of Jews in the respective entertainment industries. In conclusion of the conference, author Barry Cohen (London) reflects on conversations he has had with Poles who discovered their Jewish origins late in life. He will be joined by photographer Witold Krassowski (Warsaw).

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