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

6:30 pm, 04 February 2015

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Dan Michman, Bar-Ilan University

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Wednesday February 4th
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SIMON WIESENTHAL MEMORIAL LECTURE

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"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.

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Dan Michman is Professor of Modern Jewish History and Chair of the Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research at Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan. He also serves as Head of the International Institute of Holocaust Research and Incumbent of the John Najmann Chair in Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem. He is member of the editorial boards of several scholarly periodicals and of many academic committees and boards of institutions in Israel and abroad. 

Professor Michman was born in Amsterdam (1947), emigrated to Israel in 1957, and studied Jewish History and linguistics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem,  from where he received his PhD in 1978 on a thesis entitled The Jewish Refugees from Germany in The Netherlands, 1933-1940.  His publications, which were published in twelve languages and include 30 authored and edited books and more than 170 articles and book chapters, cover a broad variety of topics regarding the Holocaust and its impact and memory, as well as on the history of Dutch and Belgian Jewry in Modern Times.

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Reception from 6.30 pm Garden Room, Wilkins Building (South Cloisters entrance)

Lecture 7.00 pm

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For more events, see our Lectures Programme for Spring/Summer 2015.