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Monsters and Superheroes: The Jewish Golem Myth in Interwar Film and Art

For centuries, the myth of the Golem – a clay figure brought to life through Kabalistic incantations – has inspired writers, poets, and artists. Even today, this figure appears in video games, science fiction novels, and television shows. Explore how the Golem was depicted as both superhero and monster in Europe during the rise of Nazism, reflecting the struggles of the 1920s and 1930s.

Presenter: Mia Spiro, Ph.D., visiting scholar
Northwestern University
Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies

Mia Spiro received a master’s degree in English literature and a graduate diploma in Jewish studies and advanced Hebrew from York University in Toronto, where she also earned her Ph.D. in English literature. A former Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, she is working on a project entitled Modern Monsters: Golems, Vampires, and the Ghosts of War. Spiro, the author of Anti-Nazi Modernism: The Challenges of Resistance in 1930s Fiction, has published work on antifascist fiction, representations of Jews in the interwar period, and Holocaust survivor memoirs.

Sponsored by Jewish Studies. For information, contact Wendy Maier-Sarti at 847.635.1458 or

Event Details

Thursday, December 6, 11:00 a.m.

Room P103, Skokie

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