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Jacob Ari Labendz

Jacob Ari Labendz

Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow

413a Weaver Building

Education

  1. Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
  2. M.A., Washington University in St. Louis
  3. B.A., Brandeis University

Biography

I am an historian of modern Europe and of the modern Jewish experience, with an interest in how non-Jewish majority populations have perceived Jews. My work focuses, in particular, on the stories of Jews in and from Central Europe after the Holocaust, both on the continent and in new locations. I am currently preparing my first monograph on the attempts by the Czechoslovak state to answer a persistent “Jewish Question” through four decades of communist rule. This includes how Jews and Jewish groups, both at home and abroad, reacted to and participated in these processes. I am additionally co-editing a collection of essays on Jewish Veganism and Vegetarianism.

Recent Courses

JST 10: Introduction to Jewish Civilization
JST/HIST 121: The Holocaust

Recent Publications

“Lectures, Murder, and a Phony Terrorist: Managing Jewish Power and Danger in 1960s Communist Czechoslovakia,” East European Jewish Affairs, vol. 44, no. 1 (2014): 84-108

“Does Germany Need ‘Antisemitism’? Reflections amid a ‘Crisis,’” Jahrbuch für Antisemitismusforschung (forthcoming, late 2016)

 “‘In unserem Kreise’: Czech-Jewish Activism and Immigration in the USA, 1933-1994,” Jewish Culture and History (forthcoming, 2017)

“Jewish-State Mutuality: Selling off Czech Synagogues, 1945–1970,” The Stuff of Jews: Political Economy and Jewish Material Culture, 1945–Present, special issue of Jewish Culture and History, guest editor, Jacob Ari Labendz (under review, expected 2017)

Selected Academic Service

Academic Advisory Board for CET Academic Programs in Prague
Board Member, Society for the History of Czech and Slovak Jews

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