Remember Yom HaShoah with a free talk

Remembering and Dismembering the Holocaust: Implications for Today

Wednesday, April 27 at 2 pm.

“Dismembering” is a term that Primo Levi used to describe the various ways in which the facts of the Holocaust get denied, distorted, erased. Throughout our annual Yom HaShoah lecture, Professor Alvin H. Rosenfeld will refer to Levi’s strong stand against such abuse and argue for the imperatives of retaining and transmitting an accurate and truthful record of the past. Its opposite (“dismembering”) and the harm it causes will be exhibited through citing numerous examples of assaults on historical truth, including, most recently, Putin’s goals of “denazifying” Ukraine. The weaponization of Holocaust memory will be shown to tie in to prominent aspects of today’s antisemitism.


Celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut with a free talk

HaTikvah: The Hope and its Discontents

May 1 at 10:30 am

We embark on a journey in time from the source, to the creation, to the contested reception of the modern Hebrew song HaTikvah. Once the anthem of the Zionist movement and, now the national anthem of the State of Israel, our journey will reveal the early Zionist movement’s creative drive and haphazard experimental character history, and the difficulties inherent in choosing a symbol for a modern nation-state.

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