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Klezmer Dynasty: An Intimate History of Modern Jewish Culture, 1880-2019 

September 8, 2022 @
4:30 p.m.
- 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time
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08 September 2022 |4:30 p.m. | Higgins Lounge
Dana Commons

Klezmer Dynasty: An Intimate History of Modern Jewish Culture, 1880-2019 

Speaker: Frances Tanzer (Rose Professor of Holocaust Studies and Modern Jewish History and Culture, Clark University)

Klezmer Dynasty proposes an intimate transnational cultural history of the Holocaust and modern Jewish experience by focusing on Tanzer’s own family, the Brandwein klezmer musicians of Przemyślany/Peremyshliany in Habsburg Galicia. They innovated klezmer music and Jewish culture from 1880 to 2019 as they experienced the changes wrought by modernity, migration, the Holocaust, and its aftermath. Klezmer Dynasty analyzes a fundamental reevaluation of the place of Jews in European cultures after the Holocaust: namely how the status of the Brandweins and their music moved from a “low” and minor genre performed in nightclubs before World War I to become representative of the European and Jewish musical aesthetic after the Holocaust. How did this transition take place and what are its consequences for Jews and other minorities in Europe?

Sponsored by the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies


September 8, 2022
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons