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Making History: The Proliferation and Impact of Modern Jewish Archives
September 16, 2013


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013 | 7:30pm
MAX WEINREICH FELLOWSHIP LECTURE | East European Jewish Studies; Professor Bernard Choseed Memorial Fellowship & Natalie and Mendel Racolin Memorial Fellowship
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Jason Lustig, UCLA

Admission: Free
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In 1892, historian Simon Dubnow appealed to the Jews of Eastern Europe to send him personal documents and testimonies before all traces of the Jewish past disappeared. That same year, the American Jewish Historical Society was established to collect and publish historical material related to the history of Jews in the United States. These two projects were halfway around the world from one another, but had a great deal in common; they represent the opening act of a century of archival institution-building, which included the YIVO Institute. Jason Lustig’s dissertation traces the history of the modern Jewish archive and its impact on the writing of Jewish history, as well as the role archives played in the events they sought to document. His lecture will focus on the creation of YIVO’s archives and YIVO’s role in the “documentary imperative” in 20th century Jewish history.



Jason Lustig is a doctoral candidate in modern Jewish history at the UCLA Department of History. He is interested in the history of Jewish historiography, specifically the development of modern Jewish archives, which is the topic of his dissertation, entitled "Making History: The Proliferation and Impact of Modern Archives forJewish History." Jason earned an M.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University.
Venue: YIVO Institute at the Center for Jewish History  |  15 West 16th Street - NYC   view map

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