Many historians have claimed that groups and governments outside Nazi Europe did too little to try to rescue Jews during the Holocaust, and some have claimed that this neglect even extended
to the Zionist leadership in Palestine. Moreover, after the war, Jews who had survived Hitler’s Europe and who attempted to immigrate to Palestine were not always welcomed. In the early years of
its existence Israel was likewise slow to embrace the survivors. Later, however, this attitude would change, and the Holocaust would come to have a major impact on
the evolving Israeli identity, with implications not only for Israel but for its allies, for the Middle East, and for the world.
The best-known chronicler of these developments is the celebrated Israeli historian and journalist Tom Segev. Segev’s many books often deal with Holocaust themes, as have his recently published
biography of the noted Nazi-hunter, Simon Wiesenthal, and Soldiers of Evil: The Commanders of German Concentration Camps.
His talk on April 28 will draw on, and expand on, The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust, a work that incorporates extensive testimony from Holocaust survivors who immigrated to
Palestine/Israel after the war. Copies of The Seventh Million will be available to purchase at the close of Dr. Segev’s talk.