Jewish Attitudes and Resistance during the Second World War

Date: 19 April 2018

Venue: UAntwerp, Stadscampus, Annexe, Building R - Lange Winkelstraat 9 - 2000 ANTWERP (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus)

Time: 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Organization / co-organization: Institute of Jewish Studies

Short description: Lecture by Prof Richard Millman (Institut de Recherches pour l'√Čtude des Religions, Sorbonne)

About the lecture

The Jewish people have existed for almost four thousand years, during which time they have faced myriad degrees of fortune and misfortune. Certain eras showed Jewish success and reasonable acceptance by the non-Jewish population, such as during certain periods of Spain in the Middle Ages. However, great disasters were often in abundance. Many historians and commentators believe that the Shoah was the worst period in Jewish history.

Jews were accused by some of not realizing the danger that the Nazis represented. The most important Jewish politician of the 1930s, Léon Blum, as well as the talented German-Jewish writer Stefan Zweig (and many others), believed that Hitler would never come to power. Once the Shoah began, Jews were accused of being docile in their own defense. Yet there were many Jewish fighters in Europe, as well as Jews who joined movements that attacked the Nazis.

Our goal will be to highlight the difficulties that Jews faced and the activities and movements that they participated in.

Entrance fee: Free entrance

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