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The Political Journey of Holocaust Historian Lucy S. Dawidowicz

A Conversation with Nancy Sinkoff

September 15, 2020
07:00 PM

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Lucy S. Dawidowicz’s The War Against the Jews was the standard book on the Holocaust in the 1970s for many American Jews. Less known is the degree to which Dawidowicz’s background in Yiddish culture and her Holocaust scholarship influenced her move from liberalism to neo-conservatism within the milieu of New York Jewish intellectuals in the 1970s and 80s.

Join us for a webinar discussion with Nancy Sinkoff, whose new book on Lucy Dawidowicz is the first biography of this fascinating scholar.

As on reviewer puts it, “Nancy Sinkoff offers profound insight into the American Jewish psyche, chronicling its diverse cultural proclivities and political sensibilities. With literary elegance and masterful command of her sources, Sinkoff uses Dawidowicz to tell a larger story: the rise of Jewish political conservatism as a powerful force in American life from its roots in Yiddish progressive circles in New York. An outstanding achievement by a first-rate historian.”

Nancy Sinkoff

Nancy Sinkoff is a professor of Jewish Studies and History at Rutgers University and the academic director of the Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life. Her books include Out of the Shtetl: Making Jews Modern in the Polish Borderlands (2004) and From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History (2020).


This event is sponsored by the Norman and Irma Braman Chair in Holocaust Studies.