William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, Harvard University; Resident Faculty & Seminar Chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University; Director, The Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University; Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of History, Harvard University
November 6, 2020
12:00pm - 1:15pm
Beginning in September 1941 and throughout the war, Central Asia and Iran became places of refuge to hundreds of thousands of Jewish and Catholic Polish citizens.
Mikhal Dekel, whose father was a child refugee in Tehran, will recount the research and writing process of this epic, yet relatively unknown Holocaust story, told in her new book Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey.
She will discuss the circumstances that brought her father and hundreds of thousands of others from Poland to the Soviet interior, Central Asia, Iran, India and Palestine, and talk about the refugees’ experiences in each locale, and the mutual impact of refugees and host countries on each other.