An Interview with Victoria Sanford

Center Advisory Board member Professor Victoria Sanford interviewed by Julio Cisneros for PBS Arizona.

Guatemala’s genocide left over 200,000 people dead, 500,000 displaced, and 40,000 forced disappearances. The aftermath continues to affect thousands of survivors such as the Cumez family in Comalapa, Chimaltenango. They have suffered for decades waiting to find the remains of Felipe Pollon kidnapped 40 years ago by the Guatemalan army.

A New Book by Elissa Bemporad

A coedited volume by Center Advisory Board member Professor Elissa Bemporad, Pogroms: A Documentary History, published by Oxford University Press.  

From the 1880s to the 1940s, an upsurge of explosive pogroms caused much pain and suffering across the eastern borderlands of Europe. Rioters attacked Jewish property and harmed men, women, and children. During World War I and the Russian Civil War, pogrom violence turned into full-blown military actions. In some cases, pogroms wiped entire Jewish communities out of existence. More generally, they were part of a larger story of destruction, ethnic purification, and coexistence that played out in the region over a span of some six decades. Pogroms: A Documentary History surveys the complex history of anti-Jewish violence by bringing together archival and published sources–many appearing for the first time in English translation. This landmark volume with its distinguished roster of scholars provides an unprecedented view of the history of pogroms.