Marion Kaplan Gives Annual Shapiro Scholar Lecture: Did Gender Matter during the Holocaust?

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 11:00am

USC Shoah Foundation

650 West 35th Street, Fourth Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States
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"Did Gender Matter during the Holocaust?" A Lecture from Dr. Marion Kaplan

Language: English

In this lecture, Professor Kaplan traces the origins of Holocaust research on gender issues, which began in the 1980s, and offers further areas of exploration for scholarship.

A public lecture by Marion Kaplan (New York University)

2018-2019 Sara and Asa Shapiro Scholar in Residence

In this lecture, Professor Kaplan will trace the origins of Holocaust research on gender issues, which began in the 1980s. She will address her own contributions to the study of Jewish gender and family history in Nazi Germany, as well as how the field has evolved into the 21st century. Finally, she will point to areas that still need research and analysis. She will argue that bringing gender into the history will both nuance and enhance our understanding of the Holocaust.

Marion Kaplan is the Skirball Professor of Modern Jewish History at NYU. She is a three-time National Jewish Book Award winner for The Making of the Jewish Middle Class: Women, Family and Identity in Imperial Germany (1991), Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany (1998), and Gender and Jewish History (with Deborah Dash Moore, 2011) as well as a finalist for Dominican Haven: The Jewish Refugee Settlement in Sosua (2008). Her other publications include: The Jewish Feminist Movement in Germany, Jewish Daily Life in Germany, 1618-1945 (ed.), and Jüdische Welten: Juden in Deutschland vom 18. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart (with Beate Meyer, 2005). She has edited several other books on German-Jewish and women’s history and has taught courses on German-Jewish history, European women’s history, German and European history, as well as European Jewish history, and Jewish women’s history. Her newest book, Hitler’s Jewish Refugees: Hope and Anxiety in Portugal, 1940-45, will be published by Yale University Press in 2019.  

To read more about Marion Kaplan, click here.

To read more about the Sara and Asa Shapiro Scholar in Residence fellowship, click here

This lecture will be followed by a lunch. Advanced RSVP is required. The location for the lunch will be provided with RSVP confirmation. RSVP to