Past Event


November 19, 2020
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Buell Hall, 515 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027

Denaturalized. How Thousands Lost Their Citizenship and Lives in Vichy France. Claire Zalc in Conversation with Rebecca Kobrin and Emmannuelle Saada

A leading historian radically revises our understanding of the fate of Jews under the Vichy regime.

Thousands of naturalized French men and women had their citizenship revoked by the Vichy government during the Second World War. Once denaturalized, these men and women, mostly Jews who were later sent to concentration camps, ceased being French on official records and walked off the pages of history. As a result, we have for decades severely underestimated the number of French Jews murdered by Nazis during the Holocaust. In Denaturalized, Claire Zalc unearths this tragic record and rewrites World War II history.

Claire Zalc is Professor of History at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Research Director at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique, and Director of the Institute of Modern and Contemporary History at the École normale supérieure.
Rebecca Kobrin is the Russell and Bettina Knapp Associate Professor of American Jewish History at Columbia University.
Emmanuelle Saada is Professor of French and of History, and Director of the Center for French and Francophone Studies at Columbia University.

This event is organized by the Maison Française and sponsored by the Knapp Family Foundation. It is co-sponsored by the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, Department of History, and Alliance Program.


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