Jewish Studies and European Studies public lecture: David Engel "The Assassination of Symon Petliura and the Trial of Scheiern Schwarzbard, 1926-1927"
Nov. 7th, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
In May 1926, in Paris, a Jewish emigre watchmaker from Ukraine named Scholem Schwarzbard shot and killed the former president of the Ukrainian National Republic, Symon Petliura. Seventeen months later Schwarzbard was exonerated by a Paris court, even though he confessed to the crime and pleaded no mitigating circumstances. The assassination and trial, in which the murders of many thousands of Jews in Ukraine in 1919 became a central issue, riveted public attention in France and around the world and sent the relations between Jews and Ukrainians, Europe's two largest stateless national minorities, into highly fraught new directions. Engel's new volume on the subject presents archival documents related to the trial in eight languages, along with articles from the contemporary French, German, Ukrainian, Russian, Hebrew, Yiddish, and American presses, in order to illuminate this episode from multiple points of view. His lecture will present this complicated and multifaceted story in historical perspective, helping to explain why the events unfolded as they did and what they meant to the different groups that had a vital stake in them.
David Engel is Greenberg Professor of Holocaust Studies, Professor and Chair of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, and Professor of History at NYU and a senior fellow of the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center at Tel Aviv University. He is author of six books on aspects of the history of twentieth-century east European Jewry, the Holocaust, and modern Jewish historiography.
This event is free and open to the public.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP by Thursday November 3, 2016.
Co-sponsored by the University of Delaware Jewish Studies Program, European Studies Program, Department of History, and the DVLI at the Siegel JCC.