Join us as we commemorate victims of the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah. Our speaker will be Dr. Eliyana Adler, Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Penn State. Dr. Adler’s talk is entitled, “If a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him: Polish Jewish Flight and Survival in the Soviet Union during World War II.” This talk will follow the trails and trials of the several hundred thousand Polish Jews who survived the Second World War in the Soviet interior. Although this group formed the majority among Polish Jewish survivors of the war, their story is not widely known. Based on her forthcoming book, Professor Adler will provide an overview of their escape from German forces, encounter with Soviet communism, deportation to the Gulag, amnesty and struggle in Central Asia, and eventual repatriation to Poland. Maps, photographs, and quotations from documents will be used to illustrate the stops along the way.