Steven Bowman // Masada and Noble Death in the Greek Shoah


Masada and Noble Death in the Greek Shoah


When Greek Jews faced the Nazi onslaught, their responses were influenced by an ideal of noble death based on the story of Jewish resistance at Masada. The tale had come down to them over two millennia, reverberating with striking variations from the ancient account of Josephus through the crusades and finally to their unique culture, a historic world center of Sephardi Jewry.

Steven Bowman is Professor Emeritus of Judaic Studies in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati, and past winner of prestigious Fulbright-Hays and Lady Davis research awards. He is a noted world expert in the history of Greek Jewry, especially during the period of the Holocaust, and is the author of The Agony of Greek Jewry, 1940–1945 (Stanford University Press, 2009). Research interests also include Byzantine Jewish history and the medieval book Sefer Yosippon. He is an adjunct fellow at the Katz Center this spring.

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44 North 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA

This program is part of our year-long series, Jews Beyond Reason: Celebrating Emotion, the Unconscious, and Other Dimensions of Jews' Inner Lives. In partnership with local host institutions, our aim is to connect fellows and colleagues with non-academic audiences in a spirit of shared exploration and mutual engagement.

Event Location: 
Congregation Mikveh Israel, 44 North 4th Street, Philadelphia.
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Event Date and Time: 
April 05, 2016 7:30pm
Open to the public