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Thu, May 18


New York

Rain of Ash Book Talk

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Rain of Ash Book Talk

Time & Location

May 18, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

New York, 36 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10280, USA

About The Event


The Holocaust remains one of the darkest periods in human history, claiming the lives of millions of innocent people. While the Jewish community's experience during this time is well-known and extensively documented, there is another group whose story has gone largely untold - Europe's Roma. Ari Joskowicz’s new book, Rain of Ash: Roma, Jews, and the Holocaust, aims to shed light on this hidden history, highlighting the connections between Jews and Roma during and after the war.

Uncovering a Shared Struggle:

Rain of Ash exposes an often ignored aspect of history—how Roma communities sought help from Jewish institutions, funding sources, and professional networks to achieve recognition and reparations. The journey towards historical justice for both groups is intertwined—an unequal yet essential partnership that Joskowicz believes we need to acknowledge.

Reimagining Holocaust Memory:

One key aspect of Rain of Ash is its exploration of self-representation within both Jewish and Romani communities. Joskowicz challenges historical narratives surrounding the Holocaust, pushing readers to reevaluate their understanding of this monumental tragedy. By widening our perspective to encompass the Roma experience alongside that of the Jews, we can find a more comprehensive and inclusive view of the past.

A Conversation Between Experts:

To further explore these complex topics, Ari Joskowicz will discuss his book with Dr. Petra Gelbart, a grandchild of Roma Holocaust survivors, ethnomusicologist, music therapist, and expert on Holocaust commemoration. Their conversation will offer insight into not only what went on behind closed doors during wartime but also how these intertwined histories have manifested in modern-day memory.

Meet Ari Joskowicz:

Ari Joskowicz is an associate professor specializing in Jewish studies, history, and European studies at Vanderbilt University. He is also the author of The Modernity of Others: Jewish Anti-Catholicism in Germany and France. Rain of Ash: Roma, Jews, and the Holocaust expands on Joskowicz's studies by bringing an overlooked part of Holocaust history to light.

Meet Dr. Petra Gelbart:

Dr. Petra Gelbart, a Romani educator, clinician, and activist based in New York City, holds a PhD from Harvard University. Her impressive career spans both academia and activism, including her work as curator-in-chief for RomArchive’s music section and co-founding the Naše romské dítě/Amaro drom project to serve Romani children in Czech foster care.

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