Two eminent scholars, Professor Aleida Assmann and Professor Mikhal Dekel, engaged in conversation about Dekel’s book “In the East: How My Father and a Quarter Million Polish Jews Survived the Holocaust”. Dekel’s book presents a unique narrative about the Polish refugees fleeing the terror of the Holocaust en route to the Soviet Central Asian Republics and the Middle East.


Mikhal Dekel is an Author and Distinguished Professor of English and the Stuart Z. Katz Professor of Humanities, The City College of New York, and Aleida Assmann is a Professor Emerita of English and Comparative Literature, University of Konstanz. Tracey Petersen, Manager of the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme, delivered welcoming remarks.