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A Sarajevo Story: Jews, Muslims, and the Complexities of Rescue in a formerly Ottoman town (Emily Greble)
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States + Google Map
Sunday, October 23, 2022 • CNSI • 4 PM Reception/5pm Lecture
Emily Greble (Vanderbilt University) with Sarah Abrevaya Stein (UCLA)
A Sarajevo Story: Jews, Muslims, and the Complexities of Rescue in a formerly Ottoman town
Inaugural Al Finci Distinguished Lecture in Jewish Studies
This talk explores the entangled narratives of racial politics and understandings of rescue in a multiconfessional, post-Ottoman town. Drawing upon accounts of Jews and Muslims in Sarajevo during the 1930s and 1940s, it looks at how local communities operate beyond ideological frameworks and historical mythologies. It illuminates how it was possible to have mass condemnations of the Holocaust and many private efforts to save Jews and Jewish culture in the same place, and by some of the same people, who would seek alliances with Nazi Germany and support the creation of the Bosnian Muslim Waffen SS unit.
Emily Greble teaches History and East European Studies at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Sarajevo, 1941-1945: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Hitler’s Europe (Cornell, 2021) and Muslims and the Making of Modern Europe (Oxford, 2021).
The Al Finci Memorial Lecture in Sephardic Studies was created in memory of Al Finci who was a long-time champion of the Center and headed its Community Advisory Board. The Finci Memorial Lecture is possible through the generous support of the Viterbi and Finci families ensuring that Al’s memories lives on.
Moderated by Sarah Abrevaya Stein (UCLA)
Cosponsored by the
Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles
UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies
UCLA Department of History
UCLA Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies
UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies