Washington University's Department of Jewish, Islamic, and Midde Eastern Studies and Department of History invite you to a Zoom talk by Professor Karen Auerbach (UNC) on Monday 3/22 at 5PM (CT):
"A Catholic Woman and Her Jewish Family in Nineteenth-Century Poland:
A Coming-of-Age Tale about National Identity, Religion, and Alienation"
This talk reconstructs the life history and fractured identity of a young Polish woman from a Jewish family in Warsaw at the turn of the twentieth century as she navigated evolving conceptions of nation, ethnicity, religion and race. Drawing on her diary and family papers, the talk will examine her family’s path from Judaism to Catholicism as a case study of the ambiguities and contradictions in the role of religion and culture in notions of national belonging in fin-de-siecle Eastern Europe and beyond.