What Exactly was the Goal of the Nazi anti-Jewish Enterprise?
Feb 4, 2015 6:30:00 PM
"The Holocaust" has become a central topic of present-day
awareness and the published output on it is enormous. In recent decades the
Holocaust has also increasingly been coupled with "genocide". The
high profile of the Holocaust as a historical event has raised heated debate
about its "uniqueness". In
this talk the question will be raised: what exactly is "The
Holocaust"? Professor Michman’s claim is that in spite of the immense
volume of research and teaching on the topic, the event has not been fully
grasped by most of those who are active in the field and by outsiders. He will
show some of the problems in the dominant research patterns, as well as the
importance of integrating the perspective of Jewish history as an important
tool to understand the "core" of this event. The focus will be on
historiographical analysis: definitions, conceptualisations, key
characteristics and the history of historiography.
From Elephantine to Jerusalem and Back
Feb 11, 2015 6:30:00 PM
The lecture examines five papyri from the Jedaniah archive: the correspondence back and forth with Jerusalem and then with the Satrap of Egypt over the rebuilding of the Jewish temple at Elephantine; the instruction on the celebration of Passover at Elephantine; two ostraca on Passover and a dream.