New book examines Jewish victimization between World Wars

An open book

The Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies will host the launch of the book Shadows in the City of Light: Paris in Postwar French Jewish Writing, edited by centre members Sara R. Horowitz, Amira Bojadzija-Dan and Julia Creet, on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. on Zoom.

The launch will coincide with International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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Between the two World Wars, Paris was a magnet for eastern European Jews fleeing oppression and attracted by its promise of equality, but these “foreign Jews” – immigrants and their children – were the most vulnerable during the Nazi occupation of Paris and the ensuing roundups and deportations. After the wars ended, public conversation about the evils of the war rarely acknowledged Jewish victimization. Shadows in the City of Light: Paris in Postwar French Jewish Writing takes readers on a journey through the city’s streets and neighborhoods to show how the cityscape bears witness to the absent Jews and what happened to them.

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