European Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series: The Legacy of the Left and Israel: 1967-2017

We are very happy to announce our panel discussion as a part of the European Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series:

The panel will discuss the complicated and multi-layered relationship of the European left with Zionism and the State of Israel, examining this broad subject from a historical perspective and shedding light on the different debates on various European countries.

 

Panelists

Nick Cohen 

The Observer and The Spectator

 

Prof David Feldmann

Birckbeck University of London

 

Prof Christina Späti

University of Fribourg, Switzerland

 

Dr Peter Ullrich

Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

 

Chair: Dr Daniel Wildmann, Leo Baeck Institute London/Queen Mary University of London

 

Organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London

in collaboration with the German Historical Institute London

as part of the European Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series

 

6:30pm, 16 March 2017

Venue: German Historical Institute

17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ

 

Admission is free. Places are limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute London

e: info@leobaeck.co.uk, t: +44 (0) 20 7882 5690

European Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series, London 2016–17

The Legacy of the Left and Israel: 1967-2017

A lecture series organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London.

This season´s topic intends to discuss the complicated and multi-layered relationship of the European Left with Zionism and the State of Israel. We will examine this broad subject from a historical perspective and will shed light on the different debates in various European countries. 

 For more information on this lecture series please refer to our leaflet here

 

Third lecture in the series:

Dr Michel Dreyfus (University of Paris)

Two Lefts in France: Divisions over Zionism and Israel

6.30pm, 26th January 2017

 

The Balfour Declaration (1917) boosted Zionism in France. Although the movement enjoyed the support of the Socialists in the inter-war period, it was denounced by the Communist Party (CP) and the ultra-left. The creation of the State of Israel marked the beginning of a new era. While support for Israel grew strongly among French socialists from 1954 due to their opposition to Nasser’s politics in Algeria, the CP took a more critical stance. Post 1967 changes in the French-Israeli relationship left the left sharply divided: While the Socialists continue to support Israel unconditionally, the CP backs the Arab countries. This vigorous debate continues until today.

 

Michel Dreyfus is a Historian and Research Director at the CNRS (Centre d’histoire sociale du XXe siècle-Université de Paris 1). He has written about the Dreyfus Affair and published numerous books on the history of the French and the international labour movements. His work L’antisémitisme à gauche. Histoire d’un paradoxe (1830-2009) appeared in 2009 (2nd ed. 2011).

 

Lectures will be held at the German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ and begin at 6.30pm.

 

Admission is free but places are strictly limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute, London (email info@leobaeck.co.uk or phone 020 7882 5690).

 

Underground: Holborn, Russell Square; Bus: 1, 7, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 59, 68, 91, 98, 134, 168, 171, 188, 242, 243, 521, X68

 

European Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series, London 2016-17

The Legacy of the Left and Israel: 1967-2017

A lecture series organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London.

This season´s topic intends to discuss the complicated and multi-layered relationship of the European Left with Zionism and the State of Israel. We will examine this broad subject from a historical perspective and will shed light on the different debates in various European countries.

For more information on this lecture series please refer to our leaflet here

Second lecture in the series:

 

Prof Christina Späti (University of Fribourg, CH)

The German-speaking Left and Israel:

Legacies and Developments since 1948

6.30pm, 8th December 2016

 

The positions and attitudes of the political left in Germany, Austria and Switzerland towards Israel have undergone many changes since 1948. If the 1950s and 1960s were characterized by a romanticizing, pro-Zionist alignment with Israel, mainly expressed by Social-democratic parties and trade unions, the rise of the New Left after 1968 considerably changed the perspectives on the Middle East conflict and eventually had an impact on wider sections of the political left. The lecture will also look into the various legacies, ranging from the Holocaust to Internationalism, which influenced this development.

 

Christina Späti is Associate Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. She received her PhD in 2003 with a thesis on the Swiss left and its positions on Israel and Zionism between 1967 and 1991. Her research focuses on processes of dealing with the National Socialist past, anti-Zionism, antisemitism and Orientalism, language politics in multilingual states, and 1968 in Western Europe, with a particular emphasis on Switzerland.

 

Lectures will be held at the German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ and begin at 6.30pm.

 

Admission is free but places are strictly limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute, London (email info@leobaeck.co.uk or phone 020 7882 5690).

 

Underground: Holborn, Russell Square; Bus: 1, 7, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 59, 68, 91, 98, 134, 168, 171, 188, 242, 243, 521, X68