Immediately following the end of the Second World War, the emerging Western scholarship on the Holocaust focused on the major historical actors and, to a somewhat lesser degree, the impact of the catastrophic events of the Holocaust on the Jewish communities throughout Europe. Until recently, little work has been done on the broader, trans-historical networks that occurred on what might be termed the “margins” of the Holocaust. The international conference, “On the Margins of the Holocaust: Jews, Muslims, and Colonialism in North Africa during the Second World War,” will examine new research on this underexplored region and its impact on contemporary Holocaust historiography. By focusing on this “border region” that operated both within and outside of European colonial structures, a more complex and variegated perspective on the history, memory, and impact of World War II and the Holocaust begins to emerge. This conference will explore how this conversation enriches and changes the ingrained narrative of the Holocaust from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Sponsored by:
The UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The UCLA G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies
The 1939 Society

This program is made possible thanks to a gift from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation.

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