Lucy S. Dawidowicz: A Forgotten New York Jewish Intellectual

Date: Jan 11, 2021 - Jan 11, 2021

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Sponsor: Online Learning

Location: Online

Category: Online Learning

Lucy S. Dawidowicz: A Forgotten New York Jewish Intellectual with Dr. Nancy Sinkoff

Part of our series “The ‘Other’ in Jewish Text and Tradition”

January 11, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET

This session is generously sponsored by George A. Goldberg M.D. in loving memory of his parents, Max J. and Janet K. Goldberg.

Join Dr. Nancy Sinkoff to examine the life of Lucy S. Dawidowicz (1915-1990), a pioneering figure in the field now known as Holocaust Studies, who has largely fallen out of view because of her political migration from youthful Communist to independent neoconservative.

Born into an East European Jewish immigrant family in interwar New York, Dawidowicz’s life paralleled that of the famous male New York intellectuals with a major difference: her immersion in East European Jewish culture, language, and history and education in secular Yiddishist institutions. She made two fateful trips to pre- and post-war Europe in her young adulthood, which indelibly shaped her views on Jewish politics.

By engaging with Dawidowicz’s life, we will see why she challenged the mythic association of Jewishness and political liberalism and became a political “Other” in New York intellectual circles from the late 1960s forward. 


Dr. Nancy Sinkoff is a JTS alum and professor of Jewish studies and history at Rutgers University.

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