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Why Were There So Many Jews in Eastern Europe?
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 5:00pm

Why Were There So Many Jews in Eastern Europe?

Lecture by Shaul Stampfer, professor emeritus of Jewish History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Date/Time: Thursday, October 11, 2018, 5 p.m.
Where: 298 Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland
Cost: free


In the Middle Ages, there were only a few hundred Jews in Poland. But in 1930, the Jewish population of Warsaw and Vilna was equal to that of the Jewish population of all of Germany, while the Jewish population of Krakow was greater than the entire Jewish population of France. How did this happen? Was it something special about the Jews? About Poland? Or both? In an attempt to provide some answers, this lecture delves into the unique demographic and socioeconomic circumstances of the Jews of Eastern Europe.