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

Cancellation of Dr Jan Gerber’s lecture “A Prague Trial: The People against Rudolf Slánský”

We are very sorry to inform you that the lecture “A Prague Trial: The People against Rudolf Slánský” by Dr Jan Gerber on the 16th of February has been cancelled. Unfortunately, Dr Jan Gerber is sick and cannot fly to London this week. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused.

European Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series, London 2016–17: The Legacy of the Left and Israel: 1967-2017

We are happy to announce our 4th lecture in the LBI Lecture Series 2016-17:

Dr Jan Gerber (Simon Dubnow Institut, Leipzig)

‘A Prague Trial: The People against Rudolf Slánský’

6.30pm, 16 February 2017, GHIL

 

In November 1952, fourteen leading officials of the Czechoslovak Communist Party (CCP), eleven of them Jews, were accused of participating in an alleged bourgeois, nationalist, Zionist conspiracy against the people’s democracy. Eleven of them, including General Secretary Rudolf Slánský, were hanged. This biggest and most antisemitically charged show trial in the Eastern bloc can be seen as a consequence of the Soviet geopolitical turn in the Middle East – away from Israel towards the Arab countries. It was also a consequence of the pursuit of ethnic homogeneity within the CCP. What can be observed here is a resurfacing of the ethnic conflicts of the interwar period, albeit under different terms.

 

For more information, please refer to the leaflet here.