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European Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series 2016/17 - The Legacy of the Left and Israel: 1967-2017

A lecture series organised by the Leo
Baeck Institute London, in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London.


This season´s topic intends to discuss the complicated and multi-layered relationship of the European Left with Zionism and the State of Israel. We will examine this broad subject from a historical perspective and will shed light on the different debates in various European countries.

Dr Daniel Wildmann (Director, Leo Baeck Institute London) has pleasure in inviting you to the third lecture in the series:

Dr Jan Gerber (Simon Dubnow Institut, Leipzig)
A Prague Trial: The People against Rudolf Slánský


In November 1952, fourteen leading officials of the Czechoslovak Communist Party (CCP), eleven of them Jews, were accused of participating in an alleged bourgeois, nationalist, Zionist conspiracy against the people’s democracy. Eleven of them, including General Secretary Rudolf Slánský, were hanged. This biggest and most antisemitically charged show trial in the Eastern bloc can be seen as a consequence of the Soviet geopolitical turn in the Middle East – away from Israel towards the Arab countries. It was also a consequence of the pursuit of ethnic homogeneity within the CCP. What can be observed here is a resurfacing of the ethnic conflicts of the interwar period, albeit under different terms.

Jan Gerber is head of the research unit ‘Politics’ and of the research group ‘A new History of the Labour Movement’ at the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture. His latest monograph about the left and Israel is Ein Prozess in Prag. Das Volkgegen Rudolf Slánský und Genossen (2016).


Speaker(s):

Dr Jan Gerber | talks

 

Date and Time:

16 February 2017 at 6:30 pm

Duration:

1 hour

 

Venue:

German Historical Institute
17 Bloomsbury Square
London
WC1A 2NJ


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Organised by:

Leo Baeck Institute London
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Tickets:

free

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Admission is free, but places are limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute (t: +44 (0)20 7882 5690 or info@leobaeck.co.uk).

Additional Information:

Underground: Holborn, Russell Square; Bus: 1, 7, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 59, 68, 91, 98, 134, 168, 171, 188, 242, 243, 521, X68

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