Author: David Wu

Aug
21

Working To Get Memory, And The Past, Right

By David N. Myers In a stunning twist of historical fate, Germany has assumed the mantle of conscience of the world. How dramatic a shift this is from the not-too-distant past when Germany was guilty of unprecedented crimes against humanity. A series of German leaders, from Konrad Adenauer to Willy Brandt to Helmut Kohl to […]

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Aug
21

Why we need more history lessons

By David N. Myers In the cascade of one major news story after another, President Donald Trump has decided somewhat quietly to send his son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kusher, along with chief negotiator Jason Greenblatt, back to the Middle East to try to revive peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. While the chances of […]

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Aug
21

Munich 1923 / Charlottesville 2017

By Todd Samuel Presner   As a scholar of German-Jewish history, I’m reluctant to make overstated analogies with the past. But if I had to suggest a parallel, I would start in Munich in 1923. The Nazi party, founded three years earlier out of the political disillusionment of Germany’s loss in World War I, started […]

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May
04

“Ninette of Sin Street” released (Co-edited by Sarah Abrevaya Stein and Lia Brozgal)

Published in Tunis in 1938, Ninette of Sin Street is one of the first works of Tunisian fiction in French. Ninette’s author, Vitalis Danon, arrived in Tunisia under the aegis of the Franco-Jewish organization the Alliance Israélite Universelle and quickly adopted—and was adopted by—the local community. Ninette is an unlikely protagonist: Compelled by poverty to […]

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Feb
01

UCLA Jewish Studies Faculty Statement on Immigration Ban

January 31, 2017 As Jewish Studies faculty at UCLA, we condemn the recent Executive Order by President Trump to deny access to immigrants and refugees from seven, predominantly Muslim countries. As scholars of the Jewish past, we know all too well what the consequences have been when Jews have been denied entry to countries merely […]

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Jan
12

Stein is winner of a 2016 National Jewish Book Award

Sarah Abrevaya Stein, UCLA professor of history and the Maurice Amado Chair in Sephardic Studies, is the winner of the 2016 National Jewish Book Award in the category of Sephardic culture. The Mimi S. Frank Award in Memory of Becky Levy is given to the winner of this category by the Jewish Book Council, which […]

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Nov
08

Art exhibit celebrates history of Boyle Heights neighborhood

The exhibit “From Brooklyn Avenue to Cesar Chavez: Jewish Histories in Multiethnic Boyle Heights,” is on display until Wednesday, honoring the naming and launch celebration of the Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies. Leve, who graduated in 1951, donated $5 million to the Center for Jewish Studies in 2015. The gallerycelebrates both the namesake […]

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Jun
13

New book from Sarah Abrevaya Stein – “Extraterritorial Dreams: European Citizenship, Sephardi Jews, and the Ottoman Twentieth Century”

We tend to think of citizenship as something that is either offered or denied by a state. Modern history teaches otherwise.Reimagining citizenship as a legal spectrum along which individuals can travel, Extraterritorial Dreams explores the history of Ottoman Jews who sought, acquired, were denied or stripped of citizenship in Europe in the late nineteenth and […]

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