JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JGSLA - Jews in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Polish Republics - Thursday, Feb. 16th in Los Angeles with Kostek Gebert #general

Pamela Weisberger

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles invites you to join us for:

"The Jews in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Polish Republics: Discontinuity and

Speaker: Konstanty Gebert

Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM
Skirball Cultural Center ~ Magnin Auditorium
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049

For much of contemporary history, Poland, home to the world's, and
then Europe's, largest Jewish population, did not exist as an
independent country. The two periods of foreign occupation separate
what is known as the three Polish republics. In each republic the Jews
perceived themselves, and were treated, very differently: as an
indigenous social caste, as an alien ethno-religious minority, and as
equal citizens. The republics, too, were fundamentally different
countries, in terms of political system, demography and borders.
Furthermore, developments in the periods of foreign occupation (the
onset of modernity, the Shoah) were crucial for Polish Jewry. In this
sense one can say that, as Poland periodically had to reinvent itself,
so did Polish Jews: with fundamental consequences for Jewish identity
and fate.

Konstanty Gebert is board member of the Taube Centre for the Renewal
of Jewish Life in Poland and an international reporter and columnist
at Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland's biggest daily. He was a democratic
opposition activist in the Seventies, when he was also an organizer of
the Jewish Flying University, and an underground journalist in the
Eighties under martial law. He is the founder of the Polish Jewish
intellectual monthly Midrasz, and board member of Einstein Forum in
Potsdam, Germany. He has taught in Poland, Israel and the US and has
written books on the Polish democratic transformation and on French
policy toward Poland, the Yugoslav wars and the wars of Israel, Torah
commentary and post-war Polish Jewry.

Mr. Gebert will be introduced by the Honorable Joanna Kozinska-Frybes,
Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles.

Co-sponsored by UCLA's Center for Jewish Studies & the Consulate
General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles. Free to all.
Traveling Library opens at 7:00 PM.

For more program details and directions go to: [MOD]
or contact me:

Pamela Weisberger
Program Chair, JGSLA
Santa Monica, CA

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