Lecture by Professor Zsuzsanna Ozsvth: "Why the Jews?"

Zsuzsanna Ozsváth

Sunday, September 30, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Venue: JO 4.614
Admission: free
Season: 2012-13

The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies presents a lecture series
The Chosen and the Cursed: Persecution of the Jews Over the Millennia

Why the Jews?

Lecture by: Professor Zsuzsanna Ozsváth, Leah and Paul Lewis Chair in Holocaust Studies

When learning about the Holocaust, many people ask the question: “But why the Jews?”

In our lecture, we will examine the role Jews played as strangers in the Roman Empire, and consider the accusation of deicide made against them by the developing Church. Identied by the clergy as the secret allies of Satan, Jews were blamed and punished for casting evil spells and causing infectious illnesses for centuries. Seen as a “wandering people” living in the lands of others, they have also been perceived as a racially-inferior group, as “capitalists” exploiting poor people, as well as “communists” and the “killers of human kind.” We will argue that by the time the Nazis came to power in Germany, the regime found a well-established pattern of deeply-seated, murderous anti-Semitism with ancient religious, mystical, and mythical roots that developed over two millennia.

This lecture will investigate these roots as well as their development throughout two thousand years, illuminating their culminationin Auschwitz.

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