Yossi Sucary, "Benghazi–Bergen-Belsen"

We are pleased to invite you to a meeting with Israeli author Yossi Sucary, whose Hebrew novel Benghazi–Bergen-Belzen (Am Oved, 2013) has just been published in English translation. The first novel about the Holocaust of Libyan Jews, Benghazi–Bergen-Belzen brilliantly depicts the transformations and tribulations this intriguing community has undergone during the Second World War. Violently uprooted from their autonomic lifestyle and thrown into a language, culture, and geography completely foreign to their own, Libyan Jews—like other Jews living among Arabic speaking Muslims—were doomed to profound detachment, cut off even from the new ways of life formed among the camps’ prisoners. Placed at the bottom of the Nazi race-hierarchy for their oriental origin, they were incomprehensible to the European eye, and perceived as intimidating, even by their fellow European Jewish prisoners.

Yossi Sucary (b. 1959) is a multi-award winning Libyan-Israeli academic and author, who is considered a leading voice of the new wave of Mizrahi literature in Israel. This evening is a unique opportunity to hear the largely untold story of Libya’s victims during the second world war. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required. Limited seating.

Date & Time
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 5:00pm

Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100, 170 St. George Street