The French Jewish Experience: Understanding Anti-Semitism in France
with Dr. Pierre Birnbaum, Université de Paris
and Dr. Maurice Samuels, Yale University
The reemergence of anti-Semitism as a political and social movement in the 1890s surprised both Jews and their friends, who thought old prejudices had all but died out. This lecture will explore that reemergence and the evolution of anti-Semitism from the time of the Dreyfus Affair and the era’s virulently anti-Semitic press to a second, more vicious wave in the 1930s and again in the 21st century. It will also address how French Jews have understood each wave and defended themselves against the hatred.
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The French Jewish Experience Series
For a thousand years, French Jews have swung on a pendulum from triumph to tragedy. Some of the greatest Jewish rabbis, composers and thinkers, going as far back as Rashi and his grandson Rebenu Tam, have made France their home. Yet despite their wide-ranging successes, France’s Jews are no strangers to the woes of the modern Jewish experience.
The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center has been proud to sponsor a 7-part lecture series in collaboration with the Copernic Synagogue in Paris to explore that complex story, at once so familiar and entirely alien to many American Jews.
This program is sponsored by the Streicker Family and Dr. Masha Mimran. We are happy to offer these webinars free of charge in these challenging times and hope you enjoy them. Any contribution to support our efforts is appreciated.