Scholar to discuss plight of Greek Jews at annual lecture

Katherine Fleming

Professor and author Katherine Fleming will present a discussion on “Neither Jew Nor Greek – Greek Jews After the War” at 7:30 p.m. March 13 in Century Room A of the Millennium Student Center at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. The evening will start with a 7 p.m. reception. The event is free and open to the public.

In her 2008 book, “Greece: A Jewish History,” Fleming gives a comprehensive account of Greece’s Jewish citizens, their diaspora in Israel and the U.S. and their near extinction at the hands of the Nazis. Fleming is the Alexander S. Onassis Professor of Hellenic Culture and Civilization and Professor of History and Hellenic Studies at New York University. 

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The lecture will examine the varied ways in which Greek Jews experienced World War II and describe the particularly difficult circumstances in which Greek Jewish survivors found themselves after it. She’ll also explore the ways in which religion, culture, race and language shaped Greek Jewish identity during the war and beyond.

Fleming’s discussion is part of the Catharine Pelican Annual Memorial Lecture in Greek Culture, which is presented by the Hellenic Government-Karakas Family Foundation Professorship in Greek Studies at UMSL and International Studies and Programs at UMSL. It was established by Dr. and Mrs. George Pelican and Mrs. Maria P. Kafelenos in memory of their mother.