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The Jewish Soldier in Modern Jewish Memory: "Willing Patriot or Forced Conscript?

February 21, 2011 Brower Commons
Derek Penslar, Samuel Zacks Professor of Jewish History, University of Toronto

Derek J. Penslar, the Samuel Zacks Professor of Jewish History at the University of Toronto, will examine Jewish experiences in, and historical views on, military service. He will explore how they have changed in the wake of the Holocaust and since the establishment of Israel, and he will also analyze the different attitudes toward Jewish war veterans in the Diaspora and war veterans in Israel.

Penslar’s publications focus on modern European Jewry, the history of the Zionist movement, and the state of Israel. His books include Contemporary Antisemitism: Canada and the World (2005), co-edited with Michael Marrus and Janice Gross Stein, and Israel in History: The Jewish State in Comparative Perspective (2006). Penslar is currently writing a book, under contract with Princeton University Press, entitled Jews, War and the Military in Modern History.

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