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060018 VO Pogrom - An (Un)intellectual History of the Persecution of Judaism (2022S)


Überblicksvorlesung zur Geschichte des Antisemitismus


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Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 10.03. 18:00 - 20:00 Digital
Thursday 17.03. 18:00 - 20:00 Digital
Thursday 24.03. 18:00 - 20:00 Digital
Thursday 31.03. 18:00 - 20:00 Digital
Thursday 07.04. 18:00 - 20:00 Digital
Thursday 28.04. 18:00 - 20:00 Digital
Thursday 05.05. 18:00 - 20:00 Digital
Thursday 12.05. 18:00 - 20:00 Digital
Thursday 19.05. 18:00 - 20:00 Digital
Thursday 02.06. 18:00 - 20:00 Digital
Thursday 09.06. 18:00 - 20:00 Digital
Thursday 23.06. 18:00 - 20:00 Digital
Thursday 30.06. 18:00 - 20:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Since antiquity, Jews were and are victism of persecution and violence. Today, more than seventy years after the Shoah, antisemitic violence has become frighteningly commonplace. Genocide, expulision and other forms of physical violence against Jews are but a part of the their history of persecution. They are complemented by legislative, institutional, economic, cultural, and religious forms of persecution. This lecture class does not simply want to reiterate the persecution history of Judaism but will ask what motivated and motivates antisemitic persecutions and which objectives were pursued by their means. Examples for persecutions that I will adress in my lecture class include the Shoah, the Spanish inquisition, synagogue- and Talmud-burnings, discrediting the Jewish cultural memory, and Israel boycotts.

Assessment and permitted materials

A three page essay on select topics.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Based on my script, students need to be able to critically reflect antisemitic primary source and to contextualize them into the ideological history of antisemitism.
Students that argue in favor or antisemitic ideas will fail this class.

Examination topics

The Script that accompanies this lecture class

Reading list

Students will be provided with a script. For further reading, see
Walter Laqueur, The Changing Face of Antisemitism: From Ancient Times to the Present Day (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006)
Albert S. Lindemann und 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)
Peter Schäfer, Kurze Geschichte des Antisemitismus (München: C.H. Beck, 2020)
Robert Wistrich, A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad.R (New York: Random House, 2010)

Association in the course directory

Überblicksvorlesung zur Geschichte des Antisemitismus

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