How do we understand history?

Israeli scholar and author Dan Porat discusses history, education, and how people come to understand and interpret the past in a conversation with JUF News Executive Editor Aaron B. Cohen and JUF staff. In his new book, The Boy: A Holocaust Story, Porat presents the stories of three Nazis and two Jews, a teenage girl and a young boy, whose lives intersect with the famous photo of the little boy raising his hands in the Warsaw ghetto. Porat unpacks this split second immortalized on film and, while unraveling the stories of these five individuals associated with it, shows the many conflicting interpretations this image has inspired. An Associate Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Porat is a visiting professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) through matching support from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago's Israel Studies Project and UIC.

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