NANCY SINKOFF & ESTHER SCHOR
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: LUCY S. DAWIDOWICZ, THE NEW YORK INTELLECTUALS & THE POLITICS OF JEWISH HISTORY
Tuesday 4/28 at 6pm
Labyrinth Books Princeton
We invite you to come hear about the life of Lucy Dawidowicz, a pioneer historian in the field that is now called Holocaust studies, and a figure that helps us understand an important chapter in Jewish intellectual and political history.
Dawidowicz was a household name in the postwar years, not only because of her scholarship but also due to her political views. Like many other New York intellectuals, she was a youthful communist, became an FDR democrat midcentury, and later championed neoconservatism. Nancy Sinkoff argues that Dawidowiczs rightward shift emerged out of living in prewar Poland, watching the Holocaust unfold from New York City, and working with displaced persons in postwar Germany. Based on over forty-five archival collections, From Left to Right chronicles Dawidowiczs life as a window into the major events and issues of twentieth-century Jewish life.
Nancy Sinkoff is associate professor of Jewish studies and history at Rutgers University, specializing in the history of Eastern European Jewry. She is the author of Out of the Shtetl: Making Jews Modern in the Polish Borderlands and editor of Dawidowiczs memoir, From that Place and Time. Esther Schor is professor of English at Princeton University and a poet. Her books include Bearing the Dead: The British Culture of Mourning from the Enlightenment to Victoria, The Other Mary Shelley; and Bridge of Words: Esperanto and the Dream of a Universal Language. Her biography Emma Lazarus won the National Jewish Book Award. Her poems have appeared in two volumes: Strange Nursery and The Hills of Holland.