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FT-270789-20

Adriana Mariel Brodsky
St. Mary's College of Maryland (St. Mary's City, MD 20686-3001)
Jewish Argentine Youth, 1940-1976

Writing leading to the completion of a book on the history of Jewish youth in Argentina between 1940 and 1976.

My book project seeks to respond to these simple questions: Why did young Jewish men and women who spoke of the nation in which they lived as the land of freedom and opportunity begin to prepare for a new life in Israel after its creation? How did young people’s commitment to the existence of Israel, even when deciding not to live there, bring about concrete changes to Jewish life in the Americas? In particular, my book focuses on young Jewish Argentines as they responded to calls made by community leaders to ensure the survival of the Jewish people in the face of the Holocaust; their involvement in Zionist institutions, however, did not preclude them from also addressing Jewish life in the diaspora and the need to introduce changes in communal organizations to avoid assimilation. Through their activism, then, they helped shape an understanding of Zionism that focused not only on moving to Israel after its creation, but on rooting themselves to their nations as well.

Project fields:
Jewish Studies; Latin American History

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/10/2020 – 7/9/2020