The University of Iowa

Reconstructing Jewish lives in WWII France is focus of April 18 lecture

March 20th, 2013

Between January 1942 and August 1944, the Nazis stripped over 38,000 apartments in Paris and shipped the majority of the stolen items to Germany. The French provisional government dealt with housing and restitution issues immediately after the Liberation; however, the process proved to be long and difficult for Jewish victims facing complete destitution.

The reconstruction of homes represented the losses of the Holocaust, demonstrated the ways in which Jews were active political participants in the restitution process, and revealed the gendered tactics employed by Jewish survivors to demand inclusion in public life following the Second World War.

Shannon Fogg, a specialist in the history of everyday life in France during World War II, will present “Restitution: Reconstructing Jewish Lives in Twentieth-Century France” on Thursday, April 18, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in 2520D University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public.

Fogg is an associate professor of history at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Her first book examined the effects of shortages on ordinary Frenchmen's attitudes towards their government and towards minority groups such as Jews and Gypsies. She is now studying the looting of Jewish apartments in Paris during World War II and the restitution of goods after the war.

This talk is part of the spring 2013 lecture series presented by the European Studies Group in UI International Programs. Visit to see the full series schedule.

For more information, contact Jennifer Sessions at or 319-353-2199.