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“More Mexican than the Nopal”: From Ottoman Jew to Mexican Diplomat in Vichy France, or the Story of Mauricio Fresco
“More Mexican than the Nopal”: From Ottoman Jew to Mexican Diplomat in Vichy France, or the Story of Mauricio Fresco
WhenMonday, May 6, 2019, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Campus locationThomson Hall (THO)
Campus roomTHO 317
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsMiddle East Center, Jackson School of International Studies
Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Jackson School of International Studies
Near Eastern Languages & Civilization
Department of History
Jackson School of International Studies
Target AudienceInternational Studies, Poli Sci, NELC, Middle East Center, History
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Dr. Devi Mays will use the life of Mauricio Fresco—an Ottoman Jew cum Mexican diplomat— as a foil for exploring the multiple tensions, at times coexisting and at times conflicting, that undergirded global Sephardic life in the tempestuous years of the late interwar and World War-II eras. Her research draws the narrative of transnational Sephardic networks into a period in which they began to break down just as they were most crucial.

While in many ways an exceptional character, Fresco nonetheless embedded himself within, contributed to, and drew on Sephardi ties within and without Mexico. Simultaneously, he rocketed to prominence as a Mexican diplomat, traveling the world and bearing written witness to some of the era’s greatest calamities—the Japanese invasion and occupation of Manchuria, the Nazi occupation of Paris and its subsequent liberation, Spanish Civil War refugees languishing in French concentration camps.

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