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“Traces of the Past and the Future of Jewish Creativity”: Interwar Jewish Ethnography in Wilno
November 13, 2013


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2013 | 3pm
MAX WEINREICH FELLOWSHIP LECTURE | Polish Jewish Studies; Aleksander and Alicja Hertz Memorial Fellowship & Samuel and Flora Weiss Research Fellowship
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Sarah Zarrow, NYU

Admission: Free
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Jewish ethnography, the practice of collecting folkways, customs, and the material culture of daily life, reached its apex as a popular and institutional movement in interwar Poland. Examining materials from YIVO’s Ethnographic Commission among others, Zarrow suggests that Jewish ethnographers were in part formulating a public image of Jews based on new geopolitics, and were responding to a Polish national project. She contrasts ethnographic projects in Wilno (Vilnius) with those in other major cities, demonstrating a developing sense of shared mission: proving Jewish belonging on Polish soil.



Sarah Zarrow is a Ph.D. candidate in Hebrew & Judaic Studies and History at New York University, focusing on Modern European Jewish History. Her dissertation examines the social role that Jewish ethnographers, and ethnography about Jews, played in interwar Poland. She received a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.A. in education from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Sarah has worked in the education and core exhibit teams at the Museum of the History
of Polish Jews.
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