Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century featuring Sarah Abrevaya Stein

Headshot of HLHW speaker Sarah Stein
Apr 18, 2024
5:00 PM–6:30 PM

The Lou Dunst Memorial Lecture

For centuries, the bustling port city of Salonica was home to the sprawling Levy family. The First World War transformed them from Ottomans to Greeks, and the Second World War nearly eviscerated the clan, eradicating whole branches of the global family tree. In “Family Papers,” historian Sarah Abrevaya Stein uses the family’s correspondence to tell the story of the Levys’ journey across the arc of a century and the breadth of the globe. What remains solid after years of dramatic change is the fragile tissue that once held them together: neither blood nor belief, but papers.

Abrevaya Stein is the Viterbi Family Endowed Chair in Mediterranean Jewish Studies at UCLA and one of the world’s foremost experts on Sephardic history. Her books have won numerous prizes including two National Jewish Books Awards and the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

Registration is required:

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About the Holocaust Living History Workshop

This event is a part of the Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLHW) series, an education and outreach program sponsored by the UC San Diego Library and the Jewish Studies program. It aims to preserve the memories of the victims and survivors of the Holocaust by offering public events involving witnesses, descendants and scholars and through the use of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive. Past HLHW workshops are now part of the Library’s digital collections and can be accessed online.

Sponsor: The Lou Dunst Memorial Lecture