In Global Transit: Forced Migration of Jews and other Refugees (1940s-1960s)

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 4:00pm to Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 5:00pm

Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

2121 Allston Way, University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6300
United States

Please join us at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at the University of California, Berkeley on May 20 - 22 for the conference “In Global Transit: Forced Migration of Jews and other Refugees (1940s-1960s)” which examines the experience of Jewish refugees who found a safe haven — but not new homes — in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. For most of these individuals, the end of the war did not mean an end to life in transit. To the contrary: after a period of temporary settlement, they found themselves not only once again on the move, but also in a new, more ambiguous situation.

More than 30 experts from Germany, Great Britain, India, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, and the United States will present and discuss their research on the particularities of (usually) involuntary Jewish migration from and between countries of the global South that have received little scholarly attention thus far. 

The conference begins with a keynote lecture by Tobias Brinkmann (Penn State) who will discuss how Jewish migration scholars helped to establish the field of migration studies. Most were themselves migrants and stateless refugees who fled the Russian Civil War and Nazi persecution. Several looked beyond the specific experiences of Jewish migrants, refugees and Holocaust survivors. The specific experiences of Jews between 1880 and 1950 can serve as a key to better understand and address the predicament of permanently displaced and marginalized groups in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The conference is open to the public. Please see the full program for details.

To attend the keynote on May 20th, please register here.

The conference is organized by Wolf Gruner (USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, Los Angeles), Simone Lässig (German Historical Institute Washington DC), Francesco Spagnolo (The Magnes, UC Berkeley), Swen Steinberg (Queen's University, Kingston). The conference is the second in a series organized by the German Historical Institutes in Washington and London in cooperation with the Pacific Regional Office of the GHI Washington at UC Berkeley and the Max Weber Stiftung Branch Offices in Delhi and Beijing.


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