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Singer Chair Installation and Celebration
Start Date: 4/3/2013Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 4/3/2013End Time: 9:00 PM
Event Description:
Join the Program in Jewish Studies, the Department of History and the CU Foundation for the installation of Professor David Shneer as the Louis P. Singer Endowed Chair in Jewish History. Sisters Midge Korczak and Leslie Lomas made the gift to CU to establish the chair to honor their father, Louis P. Singer, who was a partner in the over-the-counter securities firm Troster-Singer and who had a keen personal interest in intellectual debate, philanthropy and civil rights. He cared deeply about education and early on recognized the importance of institutions fostering an understanding of diverse religions and cultures. The Singer Chair was created in his memory with the hope that its establishment will make it possible for students at the University of Colorado to better appreciate the history of the Jewish people.

Professor Shneer will provide a sneak preview into his new book and multimedia project about Jewish culture across the Cold War, Iron Curtain divide. His project, currently titled Not On Their Last Road, tells the story of Lin Jaldati and Eberhard Rebling, two Communist performers, one Jewish, the other not, who transmitted Yiddish music across many spatial and temporal divisions in a 20th century Europe ideologically defined by Communism and Fascism. His book examines the central role Yiddish music played in the political and propaganda clash between fascism and Communism before, during, and after World War II and before and during the Cold War. He shows that Yiddish culture did not die with the 5.7 million Jews killed during World War II and the Holocaust, many of whom were Yiddish speakers.  In fact, Yiddish culture increased in symbolic and political importance on a continent struggling to deal with the legacies of its violent history-changing war.  Although the project begins with Yiddish music and the origins of anti-fascism in 1930s Europe, the heart of the story takes place in East Germany, the socialist phoenix rising from the ashes of Nazism. Too often written off as a Soviet puppet state, East Germany is where Soviet-inspired Communist cultural politics about war commemoration intersected with the fact of Germany’s role as the perpetrator of war crimes that defined the word "genocide."  And for the country’s 40-year history, Jaldati and Rebling’s Yiddish music sat at that crossroads.
Contact Information:
Name: Jamie Polliard
Phone: 303-492-7143
Email: jamie.polliard@colorado.edu
Louis P. Singer
This event is open to
  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Ticket information:
    By invitation only.

    Please contact Jamie.Polliard@colorado.edu for more information.

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