Universität Wien

060050 VO Genocide and Crimes against Humanity (2024S)

The Shoah, Islamism and Their Predecessors


Überblicksvorlesung zur Geschichte des Antisemitismus
We 22.05. 18:15-20:00 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

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 06.03. 18:15 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 13.03. 18:15 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 20.03. 18:15 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 10.04. 18:15 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 17.04. 18:15 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 08.05. 18:15 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 15.05. 18:15 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 29.05. 18:15 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 05.06. 18:15 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 19.06. 18:15 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 26.06. 18:15 - 20:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The terrorist attack on October 7th last year led to an unprecedented explosion of antisemitism both in the Western world and in the world of Islam. This lecture class aims to trace the history of the persecution of Judaism from its beginnings to the present day and ask about its causes. 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

An essay of several pages 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.

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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