Alon Confino, Pen Tishkach Chair of Holocaust Studies and professor of history and Jewish Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, will deliver the annual John Paul II Lecture in Christian-Jewish Relations on Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. in Stokes S195 Auditorium. Confino’s talk is titled “Between the Holocaust and the Nakba: When Genya and Henryk Kowalski Challenged History, Jaffa 1949.” In his remarks, Confino will address why Genya and Henryk Kowalski, Holocaust survivors, refused to receive an abandoned house in Jaffa in 1949 after the Nakba, and what can be learned from it. Confino is the director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies and has written on modern German history, nationhood, memory, and Palestine and Israel. He is the author of A World Without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide. Sponsor: Center for Christian-Jewish Learning.
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