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Jabotinsky’s Children: Polish Jews and the Rise of Right-Wing Zionism with Daniel Kupfert Heller

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA, 94115 (map)

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Why would a Zionist youth movement in 1930s Poland consider marching in Polish patriotic parades and training with Polish military groups to be Zionist acts? Drawing upon his new book, Daniel Kupfert Heller will discuss the fascinating dynamics that led Betar, one of interwar Poland’s most popular Jewish youth movements, to model their ceremonies on Polish patriotic rituals, call for their members to “act Polish,” and include Polish government officials as both observers and participants in their celebrations. By recovering the voices of ordinary Betar members, Heller offers a fascinating window into the turbulent lives of Polish Jewish youth on the eve of the Holocaust.

Daniel Kupfert Heller is an assistant professor in the department of Jewish studies at McGill University. His areas of research include Jewish life in Eastern Europe and the history of Zionism. He is the recipient of McGill University’s H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching. His book, Jabotinsky’s Children: Polish Jews and the Rise of Right-Wing Zionism, was published by Princeton University Press in 2017.

Co-sponsored by the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford University and Taube Philanthropies

Program made possible, in part, by Lawrence Burgheimer. 

Earlier Event: May 6
Genealogy Clinic