Love in the Shadow of Genocide: The Intimate Life of German Jews after the Holocaust featuring Christian Bailey

Image of Cristian Bailey, guest speaker for the Library's Holocaust Living History Workshop Series
Mar 8, 2023
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

How could young Jews imagine falling in love and building a family in post-Holocaust Germany? In this talk, Christian Bailey explores Jewish love relationships across the turbulent 100 years from German unification to the first decades after the Holocaust. Whereas Jewish suitors before 1933 might imagine a good marriage as a springboard for success in German society, those who survived the Shoah usually looked forward to a future anywhere but in Germany. Yet some Jews decided to settle in the country of the perpetrators. In contrast to earlier generations who may have thought their search for a loving family life made them typically German, Holocaust survivors primarily valued familial love as a sign of Jewish endurance in the face of German hostility.

Professor Bailey earned his Ph.D. in history from Yale University and is currently an assistant professor of history and a contributing member of the gender studies faculty at Purchase College SUNY. He is the author of Between Yesterday and Tomorrow: German Visions of Europe, 1926-1950 (2013) and the recently published German Jews in Love (Stanford University Press, 2022).

Registration is required, details are forthcoming.

Image courtesy of Purchase College

Susanne Hillman