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Paul Robeson, “Negro-Jewish” Unity, and the "Jewish People’s Movement" in the 1940s: Legacy and Challenges



RobesonFall2019Three leading historians explore Paul Robeson’s connections to the Jewish community, socialist movements, and the Soviet Union in the 1940s. Robeson, a Communist, was active in building a popular anti-fascist movement among Jews and an alliance between American Jews and African Americans.

Nancy Sinkoff, academic director, Bildner Center, Rutgers will moderate a panel discussion about Robeson’s contribution to this effort through his songs in Yiddish and Hebrew and his endorsement of Jewish causes, including support for the modern state of Israel. Robeson’s defense of the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War, the subjugation of Eastern Europe, and the crushing of Soviet Jewish culture challenges the legacy of his commitment to universal human rights.

Sponsored by the Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish life and the Paul Robeson Centennial Celebration.

Sunday, October 6, 2019
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Douglass Student Center
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