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Sephardic Jewry and the Holocaust: The Future of the Field is a three-day symposium exploring the unique history of Sephardic Jewry and the Holocaust. Co-organized through the Sephardic Studies Initiative of the University of Washington’s Samuel & Althea Stroum Jewish Studies Program and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, this is the first-ever academic gathering devoted to this topic.

Although extensive research has been conducted on the Holocaust in recent decades, the experience of Sephardic Jews on the periphery of occupied Europe, along the Mediterranean, and in Vichy-controlled colonies in North Africa has remained relatively unexplored. Understanding the Sephardic experience during the Holocaust forces us to refine our assumptions about its scope and the qualitative differences in the persecution, destruction, resistance, and survival of varied Jewish communities under occupation.

The symposium begins on Sunday, April 28th at 7:30 p.m. with a special Keynote Address by Dr. Aron Rodrigue, Charles Michael Professor in Jewish History and Culture, and Director and Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University. The topic of the address will be “Sephardim, Memory, & the Holocaust.”

CLICK HERE to RSVP for the Keynote Address on April 28th. Advance registration is greatly appreciated.

For more information about the Symposium, include links to the full schedule of the Symposium Day Sessions, please visit https://jewishstudies.washington.edu/holocaustsymposium/.