Resisting the “Final Solution”: Voices of the Victims

Date: Dec 05, 2018

Time: noon - 1:00 p.m.

Sponsor: Online Learning

Location: Online

Category: Online Learning


How did individual Jews and Jewish communities respond and react to the “Final Solution,” the plan to exterminate the Jews of Europe implemented by the Germans during World War II? Listening to the voices of the victims, through their memoirs, diaries, and witness accounts, we will explore manifestations of spiritual, cultural, and armed resistance in the midst of persecution and destruction.

Three Wednesdays
December 5, 12, 19, 2018
12:00–1:00 p.m. ET


Elissa Bemporad is a JTS Fellow and the Jerry and William Ungar Associate Professor of East European Jewish History and the Holocaust at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk (Indiana University Press, 2013), winner of the National Jewish Book Award, of the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History, and Honorable Mention for the Schnitzer Prize in Modern Jewish History. Her most recent book, Legacy of Blood: Jews, Pogroms, and Ritual Murder in the Lands of the Soviets, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. She is the co-editor of Women and Genocide: Survivors, Victims, Perpetrators (forthcoming, Indiana University Press), a collection of studies on the roles played by women in different genocidal contexts during the twentieth century. She has recently been a recipient of an NEH fellowship and a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Her projects in progress include a biography of Ester Frumkin, a prominent Jewish female political activist and public figure in late Imperial Russia and in the early Soviet Union. Dr. Bemporad received an MA in Slavic Studies from Bologna University, an MA in Modern Jewish Studies from JTS, and a PhD in History from Stanford University.   

Cost: $60 (includes all curricular materials)

Space is limited. Advance registration required.

For more information, contact Lynn Feinman at or (212) 678-8821.