ALBANY–The 2023 Malka and Eitan Evan annual Yom Ha-Shoah Lecture is slated for Monday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in boardroom (Campus Center, second floor), at the University at Albany Uptown Campus. Speaker Dr. Mikhal Dekel, will present on “The Tehran Children: To Whom Does History Belong?


Dekel is professor of English and director of the Rifkind Center for Humanities and the Arts at the CUNY Graduate Center and the City College of New York. 

According to organizers, Dekel will tell the story of her father and his odyssey from Poland to Iran during his childhood—an experience which he never talked about, though Dekel asserts it informed every aspect of his being.

She is the author of Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugees Odyssey(W. W. Norton, 2019) in which she details how her father’s wartime odyssey was also part of a larger chapter in the history of World War II, that of a quarter million Polish-Jewish refugees in Central Asia and the Middle East.

She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation and the Lady Davis Foundation, She is also the author of Oedipus in Kishinev(Bialik Institute, 2014); and The Universal Jew: Masculinity, Modernity, and the Zionist Moment(Northwestern University Press, 2011). Her articles, translations, and blogs have been published in Foreign Policy, Journal of Comparative Literature, English Literary History, Jewish Social Studies, Callaloo, Shofar, Guernica, and Cambridge Literary Review.

Refreshments will be served.