Event Recaps | 8 February 2023

Gershom Gorenberg – The Helen Diller Distinguished Lecture in Jewish Studies


On February 8, 2023, Gershom Gorenberg gave the annual Helen Diller Distinguished Lecture in Jewish Studies, entitled “The Secret War Against the Nazis for the Middle East.”

Drawing on his latest book, War of Shadows, historian and alumnus Gershom Gorenberg (Kresge ’76, Religious Studies) revealed the espionage affair that led to the British victory against Rommel at El Alamein – turning the tide of the war and preventing the mass murder of the Jews of Egypt, Palestine and the rest of the Middle East.

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If you missed Gorenberg’s lecture, a recording of the event can be viewed below:

Every year, the Jewish Studies Department honors Helen Diller, whose generous endowment continues to provide crucial support to Jewish Studies at UC Santa Cruz, by hosting a public lecture on campus by an internationally recognized scholar. For a list of previous Diller lectures, click here.