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Faculty Members Speaking on the Jewish Way of Life

Nov. 2, 2012

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Leila Zenderland will discuss “Managing the Past in Modern Germany” at the Nov. 11 Orange County Educational Yiddishkeit Forum.

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Cal State Fullerton faculty members, including emeriti, are serving as presenters for the 2012-13 Orange County Educational Yiddishkeit Forum organized by the Orange County Yiddish Club.

The forum unfolds as a series of Sunday afternoon lectures that explore the Jewish way of life, followed by question-and-answer sessions with the presenters. The programs are open to the public free of charge at the Asa Center for Jewish Lifelong Learning at Temple Beth Tikvah, 1600 N. Acacia Ave. in Fullerton.

Leading the discussions following each presentation is Seymour Scheinberg, emeritus professor of history.

Two faculty members from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are scheduled for the 2 p.m. Nov. 11 program.

Cora Granata, associate professor of history, coordinator of the European studies program and associate director of the CSUF Center for Oral and Public History, will address "Survivors of Hitler and Stalin: Being Jewish in Germany After the Holocaust." Granata will draw from her own oral histories to discuss the experience of Jews in Germany after the Holocaust.

Leila Zenderland, professor of American studies, will speak on "Managing the Past in Modern Germany." She will explore the various means used by post-World War II Germans to manage their pasts and will discuss Max Weinreich's study of the roles that German scholars played in supporting Nazi policies. The study led to his groundbreaking 1946 book "Hitler's Professors: The Part of Scholarship in Germany's Crimes Against the Jewish People."

A question-and-answer session and panel discussion with the academics will follow their presentation.

Speakers scheduled for spring 2013 and their program dates are:

Feb. 17: Nancy Fitch, professor of history, will address "Dreyfus: The Affair That Continues to Haunt France" and on the same program, Robert S. Feldman, emeritus professor of history, will speak on "Russia and its Yiddish/Jewish Past and Present."

March 17: Steve Jobbitt, assistant professor of history, will address "Jewish Politics on the Eve of World War II," and Nelson E. Woodard, emeritus associate professor of history, will speak on "The Birth of a Jewish Nation, Israel After WWII and the Holocaust and U.S.A. Support."

April 14: Wendy Elliot-Scheinberg, lecturer in history, and Allen Zeltzer, emeritus professor of theatre, will speak on topics to be announced.

Michael Steiner, emeritus professor of American studies, spoke on "Michael Gold, 'Jews Without Money': The Plight of the Jewish Immigrant and its Influence on American Radicalism," during the Oct. 21 program.

The forum is made possible by the Sam and Lillian Memorial Fund within the Jewish Community Foundation, sponsored by a grant from the Jewish Federation and Family Services of Orange County, with support from Temple Beth Tikvah.

Additional information is available online.

By: Paula Selleck, 657-278-4856

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