[VIRTUAL] To Hell and Back: Europe and its Jews in the 20th Century

Date: October 19, 2021Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Oct 5: The Muck and the Mire – Europe ended the 19th century with hope, but soon descended into the hell of World War I.
Oct 12: Disappointment and Despair – Interwar Europe saw the rise of dictators and authoritarian governments. In Europe, democracy was in crisis.
Oct 19: Again, War – WWII was greater in scope and in murderous impact than the Great War. Its consequences resonate down to the present day.
Oct 26: The Iron Curtain rises and falls – The Soviet Union under Stalin and his successors appeared to be the unstoppable wave of the future. Internal contradictions in the communist world, together with staunch American-led resistance brought the Iron Curtain down.

This class will be taught by Professor Stephen Berk. Stephen M. Berk is Professor of History at Union College in Schenectady, New York, former Chair of the Department of History, Director of the Program in Russian and Eastern European Studies, and Faculty Advisor to the Jewish Student Organization. He is the author of Year of Crisis, Year of Hope: Russian Jewry and the Pogroms of 1881-1882 (Greenwood Press, 1985). At the present time, Berk is writing a book entitled, Our People Are Your People: American Jewry and the Struggle for Civil Rights 1954-1965. The book provides an interesting discussion of an extremely important chapter in the history of the civil rights movement and attempts to dispel the myths and misunderstandings that surround the Black-Jewish relationship.

Tuesdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26 | 5:30 pm MT | $80