Marion Kaplan - Hitler's Jewish Refugees: Hope and Anxiety in Portugal

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 5:00pm to 6:00pm

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Marion Kaplan, professor of modern Jewish history at New York University, describes the dramatic experiences of Jewish refugees as they fled Hitler’s regime and then lived in limbo in Portugal until they could reach safer havens abroad. Drawing attention not only to the social and physical upheavals these refugees experienced, Kaplan also highlights their feelings as they fled their homes and histories, while having to beg strangers for kindness. Portugal’s dictator at the time, António de Oliveira Salazar, admitted the largest number of Jews fleeing westward—tens of thousands of them—but then set his secret police on those who did not move along quickly enough. Yet Portugal’s people left a lasting impression on refugees for their caring and generosity. 

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