European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London 2007/2008

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The lecture is organised by the LBI London and the Jewish Museum Frankfurt/Main in cooperation with the Centre for German-Jewish Studies at Sussex University.


Programme

29 August 2007

Prof  Saul Friedländer (University of California, Los Angeles)

The Years of Extermination. A Plea for an Integrated History of the Holocaust

1 November 2007

Prof Sharon Gillerman (Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles)

Strongman Siegmund Breitbart and the Staging of the Jewish Body in the Weimar Republic

In this lecture, Sharon Gillerman will discuss the performances and career of the Jewish performer and strongman Siegmund Breitbart. The lecture focuses on how, at a time of growing racial anti-Semitism, Central Europeans became captivated by a Jew whose body conformed perfectly to the Aryan ideal.

Sharon Gillerman is Associate Professor of Jewish History at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. Her book, Germans into Jews: Remaking the Jewish Social Body in the Weimar Republic, will appear shortly with Stanford University Press. She is currently working on a book on Breitbart entitled, A Muscular Macher: The Career of Central Europe’s Jewish Strongman, and is co-editing a volume Jewish Masculinities: German Jews, Gender and History with Benjamin Baader and Paul Lerner.

21 February 2008

Prof Tilmann Allert (University of Frankfurt am Main)

The Führer Gruss. Story of a Gesture

15 May 2008

Prof Robin Judd (Ohio State University)

Circumcision and Jewish Identity in the Kaiserreich

This talk will consider the ways in which late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century German deliberations about circumcision can help us understand the transformation of modern German Jewry. Examining the ways in which ritualized markings of difference served as guideposts to discussions concerning Jewish acculturation and state growth, Judd will analyze the impact these deliberations had on the formation of German state and Jewish communal policies and political strategies. According to Judd, diverse German interest groups, governments and Jewish communal leaders often looked to Jewish rites when they debated the nature and limits of religious and social tolerance. As participants in the ritual questions, they disputed the boundaries between German Jews and gentiles.

Robin Judd is an Associate Professor of Jewish and European History at the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. Professor Judd’s manuscript, Contested Rituals: Circumcision, Kosher Butchering, and German-Jewish Political Life in Germany, 1843-1933, was recently published by Cornell University Press (Autumn 2007). Her new project is Love at the Zero Hour: European War Brides, GI Husbands, and European Strategies for Reconstruction. Professor Judd has received several prominent grants & fellowships including a DAAD, Fulbright, NEH summer stipend & the Coca Cola grant for Critical Difference.