Between Memory and Extinction: The Moroccan Jewish Quarter in the Twentieth Century
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Royce Hall - Room 306
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Between Memory and Extinction: The Moroccan Jewish Quarter in the Twentieth Century Susan Miller (UC Davis) Maurice Amado Seminar in Sephardic Studies The Jewish quarter or mellah was the physical and symbolic center for Jewish life in Morocco for centuries. Historians, anthropologists, and architectural historians have closely studied the mellah and its people in an effort to understand the role of the Jewish quarter as a historical "stage" for Jewish survival practices in the face of dire existential threats.
Prof. Miller will concentrate on the trajectory of the mellah in the early 20th century, when its inner structure unraveled under the twin pressures of a European-induced modernity and the imposition of harsh racialist policies under the fascist Vichy regime (1940-44).
Cosponsored by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies