Dr Adam Sutcliffe: A brief History of Philosemitism

European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London 2011

3 May 2011, 7pm at the German Historical Institute

Philosemitism is often misunderstood as simply antisemitism in sheep’s clothing. This lecture will argue that it is, on the contrary, a real and important phenomenon, with deep roots in both secular and Christian attitudes to Jews. The lecture will survey the history of philosemitism, from its emergence in the ancient world and in the early theology of Christianity, through its medieval, early modern and nineteenth-century role in politics, literature and culture, to its major manifestations in recent decades, from evangelical Christian supporters of Israel to the tourism and klezmer scene in Eastern Europe. It will also include a discussion of the complex role of philosemitism in contemporary global politics.

Adam Sutcliffe teaches European and Jewish history at King’s College London. He is the author of Judaism and Enlightenment (2003), and the co-editor of Philosemitism in History (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London, the Jewish Museum, Frankfurt am Main and the Fritz Bauer Institut, Frankfurt am Main, in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London. We would like to thank our sponsor Bank Sal. Oppenheim jr.&Cie.

The lecture is held at the German Historical Institute, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ and will begin at 7.00pm.

Admission is free, but places are limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute (t: +44 (0)20 7882 5690 or email ).

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