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Apr 28th

Between Germans and Czechs

The Dilemma of Jews in Bohemia and Moravia, 1848-1938


Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 1:00pm


Speaker: Marsha L. Rozenblit, University of Maryland


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German? Czech? Jewish. Join Marsha Rozenblit as she explores the fraught concepts of nationalism, language, and identity faced by the Jews of Bohemia and Moravia.


The Jews of this region historically spoke German, but the rise of Czech nationalism created pressure on the Jewish community to align themselves with the newly forming “nation.” While some Jews did begin to speak primarily Czech, many retained German as their primary language, not out of a sense of belonging to the German people, but for its history as (in their experience) a “Jewish” language. The clashes between German and Czech identity, and the potential for antisemitic violence in response to Jewish choices, created a challenging existence for the Jewish citizens of Bohemian lands.


Marsha L. Rozenblit is the Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Jewish History at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she has been on the faculty since 1978.  She is the author of two books: The Jews of Vienna, 1867-1914: Assimilation and Identity (1983) and Reconstructing a National Identity: The Jews of Habsburg Austria during World War I (2001).  She has also co-edited two books: Constructing Nationalities in East Central Europe (2005) ad World War I and the Jews: Conflict and Transformation in Europe, the Middle East, and America (2017), and she has written over 30 scholarly articles on such diverse topics as German-Jewish schools in Habsburg Moravia, Austrian Jewish women during World War I, and the failure to create a Jewish religious reform movement in 19th century Vienna.  She has served as director of the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Maryland (1998-2003) and as president of the Association for Jewish Studies (2009-2011).


This program is presented in relation to the Stitching History from the Holocaust exhibit, on view April 7 – August 4, 2019. Tickets to public programs include admission to the Museum.

May 5th

Suiting Everyone

The Needle Trades in Baltimore


Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 1:00pm


Speaker: Jack Burkert, Baltimore Museum of Industry


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Join us as Jack Burkert shares the story of a dynamic industry that unfolded in Baltimore in the second half of the 19th century, one which continued until its gradual disappearance more than one hundred years later. The garment industry, also known as the needles trade, became the industrial power house of the city, employing a major percentage of its workers, and dominating the men’s clothing business throughout the United States. Men’s suits, women’s apparel, umbrellas, hats, shoes, and a myriad of other apparel furnishings came out of downtown factories and to a lesser degree, east side sweatshops.


The story of these companies is a story of immigrant tailors building businesses, of newly arrived immigrant workers employed in them (27,000 at one point), and the strife between labor and management as working conditions, wages, working hours and changing times met head on. Styleplus Suits, from the world’s largest clothing factory; Beeler umbrellas, literally thousands produced weekly; Joseph A Banks, from a nephew of the owner, to fabric cutter, to innovator, he and many other owners, workers and associates are detailed in this look at a Baltimore industry that came, thrived and then declined.


This program is presented in relation to the Fashion Statement exhibit, on view April 7 – September  15,209. Tickets to public programs include admission to the Museum.


Image: Sewing room in the Jacob Goldberg Factory on Gayette Street in East Baltimore, c. 1910. JMM 1990.69.2

May 8th

Big Sonia

Film Screening


Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 6:30pm


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Holocaust survivor. Grandma. Diva. BIG SONIA.


In the last store in a defunct shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski – great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor – runs the tailor shop she’s owned for more than 30 years. But when she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to resist her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide. A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, BIG SONIA also offers a laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of the power of love.


This program is presented in relation to the Stitching History from the Holocaust exhibit, on view April 7 – August 4, 2019. Tickets to public programs include admission to the Museum.

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