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 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


Mein Kampf Today- Ideology, Memory and the Question of Censorship



The panel discussion will be held at Senate House, Chancellors Hall, WC1E 7HU, London, on 1st of December 2016, from 6:45pm to 8:15pm.

Panellists are Prof Neil Gregor, David Aaronovitch, and Prof Maiken Umbach, and the panel will be chaired by Dr Daniel Wildmann and Prof David Feldman. Admission is free but we would kindly remind you to reserve your seats in advance.

Please book  here

For more information on the discussion please click here.

PhD Colloquium on Modern European Jewish History with Prof Steven Aschheim

The LBI PhD Colloquium took place in the library of the Leo Baeck Institute on the 16th of November at 1:30pm. Our PhD students presented their work in the presence of Prof Steven Aschheim (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) whose insightful comments led to many very interesting discussions.

To view the program and participants click here

Prof Steven Aschheim
Prof Steven Aschheim