As part of the CHAT Displacement Lecture, Avionam Patt of the University of Hartford speaks about Zionism and the surviving remnant after the Holocaust. The Jewish Displaced Persons, or She’erit Hapletah (Surviving Remnant), emerged from the catastrophe of the Holocaust to form a vibrant, active, and fiercely independent community while living in transition on the blood-soaked soil of Germany. Although the Jewish DPs constituted a small minority of the postwar refugee population, they would come to play a disproportionately large role in postwar diplomatic negotiations. By the beginning of 1947, 250,000 Jewish DPs crowded the liberated zones of Germany, Italy, and Austria – displaced and stateless, with no home to return to and nowhere to resettle. Avinoam Patt examines the appeal of Zionism for survivors, international relief organizations, the US Army, and the United Nations in the aftermath of the Shoah, and the relationship between the Holocaust, the postwar refugee crisis, and the creation of the state of Israel.
A collection of lectures featuring particularly prominent speakers, many of whom are guests to the university.