Three leading historians explore Paul Robeson’s connections to the Jewish community, socialist movements, and the Soviet Union in the 1940s. Robeson, a Communist, was active in building a popular anti-fascist movement among Jews and an alliance between American Jews and African Americans. He contributed to this effort through his songs in Yiddish and Hebrew and his endorsement of Jewish causes, including support for the modern state of Israel. Robeson’s defense of the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War, the subjugation of Eastern Europe, and the crushing of Soviet Jewish culture challenges the legacy of his commitment to universal human rights.
Free and open to the public.
FREE PARKING: All guests attending this event must register their vehicle in order to park in a Rutgers parking lot. Once you RSVP, you will be prompted to enter your vehicle information through a specific link.
Sponsor: Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers University and co-sponsored by the Paul Robeson Centennial Celebration.