Universität Wien

060005 VO An Ancient Hatred - The Persecutions of Jews from their Beginnings until Today (2020S)

Überblicksvorlesung zur Geschichte des Antisemitismus


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Until teaching is resumed in classrooms all further sessions of this lecture class will be held via videoconferencing. Please go to the moodle-page of this class and klick on the respective session. All sessions will be accessible 15 minutes before class starts. Depending of the wishes of our invited speakers, the contents of each class will differ. Further details will be posted here later.

The lecture of May 28th, will be cancelled because of Shavuot!

Thursday 05.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Thursday 19.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Thursday 26.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Thursday 02.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Thursday 23.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Thursday 30.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Thursday 07.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Thursday 14.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Thursday 04.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Thursday 18.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Thursday 25.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03


Aims, contents and method of the course

Lecture Series
Antisemitism has ancient roots but is still virulent today which shows that Holocaust education and enlightenment do not immunize against new and old forms of antisemitism. The explosive nature of perpetual antisemitism in today's societies can only be countered effectively with a critical analysis of the history of this ancient hatred of Jews, that takes into account the physical, the cultural, and the legal discrimination and persecution of Jews. The lectures will therefore explore the history of the persecution of the Jews from antiquity to the present. For this purpose, local and international experts of the highest recognition will be invited to cover one lecture each. The lecture series will be based on the Working Definition of Antisemitism of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.
The individual sessions of this lecture class serve to impart overview knowledge on the topic and, based on reading selected source texts and essays, are intended to encourage students to engage in a lasting debate on the history of Jewish hatred and persecution. In addition, reflections will be given on how anti-Semitism can be actively combated.
For this reason, the Moodle page of this class will include about 1-3 selected source texts per unit as well as 1-2 essays for preparation.

Jew-hatred in Antiquity
5.3.: Armin Lange (Wien), Paganer und christlicher Judenhass in der Antike
19.3.: Uta Heil (Wien), Christlicher Judenhass in der Spätantike

Jew-hatred in the Middle Ages
26.3.: Armin Lange und Uta Heil (Wien), Judenfeindschaft zwischen Islam und Christentum im Mittelalter
2.4.: Birgit Wiedl (St. Pölten), Diskriminierende Judenbestimmungen in mittelalterlicher Gesetzgebung
2.4.: Johannes Heil (Heidelberg), Theologie, Frömmigkeit und Gewalt: Bedingungen und Verläufe von Judenverfolgungen im Mittelalter

Jew Hatred in Modern Times
23.4. Lars Rensmann (Groningen), Alter Wein in neuen Schläuchen? Politischer Antisemitismus in Europa und den USA nach dem Holocaust
30.4.: Thomas Kaufmann (Göttingen), Judenfeindschaft in der frühen Neuzeit
7.5.: Monika Schwarz-Friesel (Berlin), Judenhass im Internet: Antisemitismus als kulturelle Konstante und kollektives Gefühl
14.5.: Rüdiger Lohlker (Wien), Antisemitismus in der arabischen Welt: Von den Protokollen der Weisen von Zion bis in die 1940er Jahre – mit einem Ausblick auf die weitere islamische Welt
14.5.: Matthias Küntzel (Hamburg), Islamischer Antisemitismus – Kennzeichen, Ursprünge, Folgen
4.6.: Armin Lange (Wien), Die Schoah: Der industrielle Völkermord und seine Hintergründe

Jew-hatred in the Middle Ages
18.6.: Miri Rubin (London), Jews and Judaism in Europe, 1000-1500: Narratives and Representations

Public festive lecture
25.6.: Efraim Zuroff (Jerusalem), Bringing Nazis to Justice

Assessment and permitted materials

Instead of the normal lecture-class exams students are asked to write an essay of ca. 2000 words. Your essay should be uploaded before the following deadlines to the moodle platform of this lecture class: 15.7.2020; 15.10.2020; 15.12.2020; 30.1. 2021.

In your essay, you should discuss how cultural, legal, and physical persecution of Jews are related in an epoch of your choice in the persecution history of Judaism. Furthermore, you should ask what we can learn from your analysis for combating antisemitism.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

1: 89-100 Punkte
2: 76-88 Punkte
3: 63-75 Punkte
4: 50-62 Punkte
5: 00-49 Punkte

Examination topics

Exam material is the lecture material of the respective units as well as the material on Moodle.

Reading list

Walter Laqueur, The Changing Face of Antisemitism: From Ancient Times to the Present Day (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006)
Albert S. Lindemann and Richard S. Levy, eds., Antisemitism: A History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010)
Leon Poliakov, The History of Antisemitism (4 Bd., Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003)
Robert Wistrich, A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad.R (New York: Random House, 2010)

Association in the course directory

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