David Slucki

Status and Affiliation

Degree:

  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours, School of Historical Studies, University of Melbourne (Thesis: 'On the Jewish Street': Polish Zionism and the Bund, 1935-1939)

Status, Affiliation:

  • PhD Candidate, Australian Centre for Jewish Civilization, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Tutor, School of Historical Studies, University of Melbourne
  • Co-convener of the 'Jewish Labour Bund in Melbourne Archives'

Contact:

  • Write David Slucki an e-mail

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Fields of Bund-Research

  • International Jewish Labour Bund
  • Immigration
  • Bund as a local and transnational movement
  • Memory
  • Doikeit
  • Relationship between Bund and Zionism

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Recent Project

'Here-ness, there-ness, and everywhere-ness: Doikeit and the dispersion of the Bund after the Holocaust'

In the aftermath of the Holocaust, the Bund was permanently weakened. Its physical and spiritual centre, Polish Jewry, had been virtually annihilated by the Nazi genocide. However, the movement did rebuild as a localized organization in dozens of cities around the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Argentina, Mexico, Uruguay, Brazil, France, Australia, South Africa and Israel. In these cities, Bundists threw themselves into rebuilding Jewish life in their new centres. It was in this period, that the Bundist notion of doikeit (literally 'here-ness') reached its greatest expression, as the Bund shifted from a one-country party, to a transnational network of local organizations. Doikeit became the most important element of Bundist thought, with its idea that Jewish identity was best fostered wherever Jews found themselves. My thesis will explore this idea of doikeit and how Bundists understood their Jewish identity through this model. It will also consider the way doikeit has endured and is an important feature in Jewish and diaspora discourse today. This thesis also challenges the traditional assumptions that claim the Bund perished in the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto, a claim that originated in the very early writings on the Bund and is present in more contemporary historiography.

  • Period: 1947-present
  • Fields: Cultural history, diaspora theory, transnationalism, identity, labour history
  • Type: PhD Thesis
  • Started: 2007
  • Based at: Australian Centre for Jewish Civilization, Monash University
  • Written language: English

You can find a longer description here.

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Publication

  • ‘Nationalism and Anti-Memory’, Unzer Gedank (Melbourne), November 2006, 10-15.
  • ‘Theorizing doikeit: towards a history of the Melbourne Bund’ in Australian Jewish Historical Society Journal 19, no. 2, (2008). (forthcoming)

A complete list

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