“Measure Their History”:
Antony Polonsky’s The Jews in Poland and Russia

Monday, Sept. 19, 2011
3:00 - 9:00 pm
Hassenfeld Conference Center, Brandeis University

Antony Polonsky’s three-volume magnum opus provides a comprehensive political, social, economic, and religious survey of the Jewish communities of Eastern Europe from 1350 to the present.  To mark its publication, this symposium will consider the impact of Professor Polonsky’s work on the field of Eastern European Jewish Studies.  An afternoon panel will feature distinguished scholars David Engel of New York University, Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska of Marie Curie-Skfodowska University, and Adam Teller of Brown University.  The evening program will feature a keynote address by Ruth Franklin, book critic and senior editor at The New Republic and author of the recently published and critically acclaimed A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction.  A short film tribute to Professor Polonsky will close the evening. 

Read the introduction and first chapter of Polonsky’s second volume.


3:00pm-5:00pm Panel Discussion
5:30pm-6:30pm  Dinner Break
6:45pm Keynote by Ruth Franklin
Film tribute presented by Sharon Rivo.

This conference is a joint project of The Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, The Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry, and The National Center for Jewish Film with support from The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and The American Association of Polish-Jewish Studies.

RSVPs are encouraged; please RSVP to: hbi@brandeis.edu.