Frankee Lyons Lectures on the JDC in Post-Stalinist Poland, 1957-1960s

Frankee Lyons, the recipient of the 2020-2021 Nathan & Sarah Chesin/JDC Archives Fellowship, examined JDC operations in Poland from 1957 to the early 1960s. The lecture discussed the role of JDC in Poland in this period, with special emphasis on JDC’s relationship with the Polish state as well as the connections between the JDC and local Polish Jewish leadership.

Ms. Lyons is a PhD candidate in Modern Eastern European History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research in the JDC Archives focuses on the Joint’s operations in Poland during the time of migration and political change from 1957 through the mid-1960s preceding the March 1968 antisemitic campaign.

The JDC Archives Fellowships allow scholars engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study to conduct research in the JDC Archives, either in New York or Jerusalem. All fellows give a public presentation on their research; watch more of these JDC fellowship lectures here.