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Wednesday February 4th

What Exactly was the Goal of the Nazi anti-Jewish Enterprise?

Dan Michman

Wednesday February 11th

From Elephantine to Jerusalem and Back

Porten-lecture

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What Exactly was the Goal of the Nazi anti-Jewish Enterprise?

Start: Feb 4, 2015 6:30:00 PM

Dan Michman
"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

Start: Feb 11, 2015 6:30:00 PM

Porten-lecture

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.