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Wednesday February 4th

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

Dan Michman

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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.