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Beyond Casablanca: The Story of North African Jews Under Vichy Rule with Alma Heckman

  • 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.

Until quite recently, the experiences of Jews in North Africa during World War II remained footnotes in a Eurocentric story, commemorated in the popular imagination only as side stories in the 1942 film Casablanca. In her talk, Alma Heckman goes beyond the romance of that film and explores the wide variety of Jewish experiences in North Africa during World War II, both for refugees from Europe and for victims of Vichy collaborationist antisemitic policy.

Alma Rachel Heckman is Neufeld-Levin Chair of Holocaust Studies and assistant professor of history and Jewish studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She specializes in modern Jewish history of North Africa and the Middle East with an interest in citizenship, the politics of belonging, transnationalism, and empire. She is currently at work on a book manuscript tentatively entitled Radical Nationalists: Moroccan Jewish Communists, 1925-1975.

Co-presented by JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa and the American Jewish Committee in San Francisco


Earlier Event: March 22
An Evening of Mizrahi Music
Later Event: April 8
Genealogy Clinic