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History Professor Maura Hametz to Deliver Lecture, Paper in Berlin

Maura Hametz, associate professor of history and academic director of the Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding at Old Dominion University, is in Berlin this week to discuss the persecution of Jews in Germany, fascism and Italian nationalism.

On Tuesday, Nov. 16, she will deliver a lecture titled "Liberals and Nationalists? Jews in Trieste and the Heart of the Italian Nation." The talk is sponsored by the Abraham Geiger Kolleg, The Free University of Berlin, and the Italian Cultural Institute of Berlin at the Judaisches Gemeindeszentrum (Jewish Community Center). Her lecture will explore how Jews in Trieste navigated the politics of nation and religion from 1896, the introduction of Zionism in Trieste, to 1938, the introduction of the fascist racial laws.

On Thursday, Hametz will participate in a conference workshop sponsored by the University of Toronto in Berlin. The conference is titled "Everyday Approaches to the Persecution of Jews of Greater Germany and the 'Protectorate,' 1941-45." She is presenting a paper that explores the treatment of Jews and Slovenes in the Nazi Adriatic coastland zone from 1943 to 1945.

Founded in 2002, ODU's Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding is dedicated to promoting greater awareness of religious and ethnic diversity. The institute develops, coordinates and promotes educational and cultural programs related to Jewish history and thought and to Judaism's continuing dialogue with Christian, Islamic and Asian faiths and traditions.

This article was posted on: November 15, 2010

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