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Wednesday November 18
1:00 PM
During the era of the mass migration of Jews to the United States over the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the kosher food industry experienced unprecedented expansion. A key, hidden, and under-appreciated force behind this commercial growth was Jewish organized crime. Kosher food businesses often called upon Jewish gangsters to maintain industrial rules, punish commercial actors who challenged existing trade practices, and to deal with union affairs. This talk will compare the role of organized crime in the kosher poultry industry and the trade in Jewish baked goods. Jewish gangsters operated differently in each of these sectors. But their notable influence in the kosher food industry conveys just how important organized crime was in the development of the Jewish ethnic economy over the years of largescale immigration to America.
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Wednesday December 2
1:00 PM
Join us for a brief history of concentration camps and the literature written about them, followed by a discussion and comparison of Shalamov’s "An Individual Assignment" and an extract from Primo Levi’s If This Is A Man. Followed by virtual audience Q&A.
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Aaron Welt - Unkosher: The Role of Organized Crime in the Kosher Food Trades, 1900 - 1920:
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Concentration-Camp Literature: Gulag and Nazi Camps as Contexts for Each Other with Leona Toker:
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