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Saturday, February 13 • 9:45pm - 11:00pm
Was Tevye for Real? Rethinking Old Myths and New Realities About East European Jewry

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Everyone has seen Fiddler on the Roof, right? And most of us believe that the images from this story matched the realities of life for Jews in Eastern Europe under the tsars and, later, commissars of the Soviet regime. But was this really true? If the realities of the Jewish past in Eastern Europe weren’t so quaint or bleak, why do we continue to think that Tevye and his daughters embodied the world that was once home to many of our forefathers and foremothers?


Jonathan Dekel-Chen

Jonathan Dekel-Chen is a senior lecturer in modern history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. During the 2015-16 academic year, he is an Israel Institute Visiting Professor at Columbia University. He is a member of Kibbutz Nir Oz, which borders the Gaza Strip. In 2014, he co-founded... Read More →

Saturday February 13, 2016 9:45pm - 11:00pm EST