New Approaches to Gender and the Holocaust (6/15, 6/22, 6/29)

Circumcision and Survival Flyer

The UConn Center for Judaic Studies invites you to a three-session mini course, "Circumcision and Survival: New Approaches to Gender and the Holocaust" put on by Mittelman Visiting Research Scholar, Professor Jay Geller (Vanderbilt University).

The Holocaust scholar and UConn Professor Emerita of Sociology Nechama Tec wrote in her 2003 Resilience and Courage “the lives of Jewish women and men [trying to hide or pass as non-Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe] were affected by a range of personal characteristics and coping strategies. The potential consequences of their circumcision dominated the lives of illegal Jewish males, affecting all aspects of their existence.” The three sessions of this seminar will explore the manifold ways being circumcised impacted Jewish men’s—and women’s—life-and-death choices, experiences, feelings, gender and self-identities during the Holocaust.

This in-person event will be held at the Mandell JCC of Greater Hartford on Wednesday, June 15; Wednesday, June 22; and Wednesday, June 29. Registration is $25. Please RSVP to or contact with any questions.