Laura Hobson Faure

April 29, 2021

Laura Hobson Faure is Professor at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Chair of modern Jewish history, and member of the Center for Social History (UMR 8058). She is co-editor (with Katy Hazan, Catherine Nicault and Mathias Gardet) of L'Œuvre de Secours aux Enfants et les populations juives au XXème siècle. Prévenir et Guérir dans un siècle de violence.

Her project "Transatlantic World History Project To Combat Racism And Antisemitism" with Sandra Schmidt (Teachers College, Columbia University) et al. was selected for an Alliance Joint Projects grant. 

Her research focuses on the intersections of French and American Jewish life, during and after the Holocaust. She has recently published "A "Jewish Marshall Plan": The American Jewish Presence in Post-Holocaust France". The book is now available for pre-order.

Book Description: A "Jewish Marshall Plan": The American Jewish Presence in Post-Holocaust France

While the role the United States played in France's liberation from Nazi Germany is widely celebrated, it is less well known that American Jewish individuals and organizations mobilized to reconstruct Jewish life in France after the Holocaust. In A "Jewish Marshall Plan," Laura Hobson Faure explores how American Jews committed themselves and hundreds of millions of dollars to bring much-needed aid to their French coreligionists.

Hobson Faure sheds light on American Jewish chaplains, members of the Armed Forces, and those involved with Jewish philanthropic organizations who sought out Jewish survivors and became deeply entangled with the communities they helped to rebuild. While well-intentioned, their actions did not always meet the needs and desires of the French Jews.

A "Jewish Marshall Plan" examines the complex interactions, exchanges, and solidarities created between American and French Jews following the Holocaust. Challenging the assumption that French Jews were passive recipients of aid, this work reveals their work as active partners who negotiated their own role in the reconstruction process.