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Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey
Center for Jewish History
New York, NY
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Mikhal Dekels new book tracks the fates of those Polish Jews who during WWII were "saved by deportation. It follows them alongside other Polish nationals from their Polish hometowns, into the Soviet interior, Central Asia, Iran, India and Mandatory Palestine, exploring the context in which they found themselves in each locale. Dekel travels these paths of escape, refuge, exile and new home, probing archives and people  from Polish nationalists to Russian oligarchs to Korean Uzbeks  and painting a dynamic, situational history of Jews and Catholics, refugees and evacuees, natives and newcomers, empires and nations, the millions and the one  her father  a former child refugee. Part memoir, part archival history, part travelogue, written over more than a decade from the perspective of a daughter-scholar-Israeli-New Yorker, Tehran Children is also a history of the present: of ways in which complex pasts have been obliterated from but nonetheless have bled into present day Poland, Russia, Uzbekistan, Iran and Israel, of the limited frameworks at our disposal for understanding these pasts and of the possibility of expansion. Dekel will discuss the books major themes with Dr. Natalia Aleksiun (Touro College).

Presented by Center for Jewish History, CCNY Foundations & the Rifkind Center for the Humanities and Arts, CCNY
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Center for Jewish History (View)
15 West 16th St.
New York, NY 10011
United States



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