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.

 

Transcript and recording of the third lecture of the European Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series 2016/17

We are happy to announce that the transcript and recording of the third lecture in the series, Dr Michel Dreyfus (University of Paris): “Two Lefts in France: Divisions over Zionism and Israel”, is now online.

To read his lecture, please click here.

To listen, please click here.