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060050 VO Pogrom - An (Un)intellectual History of the Persecution of Judaism (2023S)


Überblicksvorlesung zur Geschichte des Antisemitismus
We 19.04. 16:30-18:30 Digital


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


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Aims, contents and method of the course

Since antiquity, Jews were and are victism of persecution and violence. Today, almost eighty 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. The topics of these essays will be announced ahead of the exam on the Moodle-page of my lecture class.

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 persecution history of Judaism. Regular attendance in class and active participation will impact your grade positively.
Students that argue in favor or antisemitic ideas will fail this class.

Examination topics

The scriptum that accompanies this lecture class.

Reading list

Students will be provided with a scriptum. 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 vols., 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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