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THE HOLOCAUST AND NORTH AFRICA

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Lecture by Daniel Lee
To mark Yom Hashoah

The Holocaust was not just a European story. It was an Arab story. Racial laws were
introduced across the Maghreb. Jews were stripped of their rights and sent to forced
labour camps. For six months, Tunisia came under direct Nazi occupation. Hundreds
of Libyan Jews were sent to camps in Europe including Bergen Belsen.
To commemorate Yom Hashoah, Daniel Lee, one of the UK’s specialists in the plight of
North African Jews during World War II, will look at the local impact of the Holocaust
and how it ruptured Muslim-Jewish relations, setting the stage for a new post-war
reality.
Daniel Lee is a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow in the Department of History at the University
of Sheffield. His first book, Pétain’s Jewish Children: French Jewish Youth and the Vichy
Regime, 1940–1942 was published with Oxford University Press in 2014. He is
currently working on two projects. A first on the Jews of Tunisia during the Second
World War and a second on the life of a low-ranking SS Officer whose personal
papers were discovered recently hidden inside an armchair. As a BBC Radio 3 New
Generation Thinker, Lee is a regular broadcaster on radio. He has contributed a
chapter to The Holocaust and North Africa, a new book edited by A. Boum and S.A
Stein (Stanford UP)