Jabotinsky’s Children: Polish Jews and the Rise of Right-Wing Zionism – Public Lecture, Dan Heller

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Date(s) - 27/04/2016
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Caulfield Campus Building C


Wednesday 27 April, 7.30pm

Drawing upon his forthcoming book, Dan Heller’s lecture will explore the Polish roots of right-wing Zionism. By the late 1930s, as many as fifty thousand Polish Jewish youth belonged to Betar, a Zionist youth movement known for its support of right-wing Zionism’s founder, Vladimir Jabotinsky.

Jabotinsky with Betar leaders in Warsaw, 1936 (1)

Poland was not only home to Jabotinsky’s largest number of supporters. The country also served as an inspiration and incubator for the development of right-wing Zionist ideology. Drawing upon a wealth of archival material from across Poland, Israel and the United States, the lecture uncovers how Polish Jewish youth in Betar were instrumental in shaping the attitudes of right-wing Zionists towards the roles that democracy, authoritarianism and military force could play in the quest to build and maintain a Jewish state.By recovering the voices of ordinary Betar members through their letters, diaries, and autobiographies, Heller also presents a fascinating window into the turbulent lives of Polish Jewish youth on the eve of the Holocaust, and captures their fervent efforts to determine, on their own terms, who they were, where they belonged, and what their future held in store. 


Dan Heller pic (1)Daniel Heller is an assistant professor of history in the Department of Jewish Studies at McGill University (Montreal, Canada). His areas of research include the history of Zionism and the State of Israel, Jewish life in Eastern Europe, and the history of childhood and youth. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Israeli History and Jewish History Quarterly (Kwartalnik Historii Żydów). His first book is based on his Ph.D. research at Stanford University, where was awarded the prize for best written dissertation in the History Department.


C1 Conference Room (C110)
Bldg C, Ground Floor
Monash Caulfield Campus
Access to Bldg C from either:

1) Arcade/Tunnel on Queens Avenue – that runs between Building B and the construction zone. Walk through the tunnel past Monash Connect offices, until you find Bldg C – enter and you will see signage to the room
2) Ramp entrance to Bldg C on Sir John Monash Drive – enter Bldg C and follow signage to find the room

Directional signage will be posted

Admission free; no prior bookings -NOTE seating is limited.
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