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This three-week introductory course will examine the event-filled and challenging position of Jews in Vienna, Paris, and Berlin.
The satirist Karl Kraus described turn of the century Vienna as an experimental station on the way to the end of the world. Exhibiting the Janus face of modernity, it was the centre of a polyglot conservative empire. Karl Lueger, the anti-Semitic mayor presided over the city of Mahler, Klimt, Freud, Herzl, Schnitzler, Kraus, and Hofmannsthal. Whilst Vienna danced to Strauss waltzes, there were deeply atavistic forces at work.
Paris was the centre of the Enlightenment and the Rights of Man. France was the first European country to emancipate the Jews. Paris of the Third Republic was arguably the cultural capital of the world. The arts flourished, as did Bohemian life. In common with Vienna, the twin forces of Catholicism and Conservatism hated the ‘decadent’ life of the city. Having suffered a humiliating defeat in the Franco-Prussian war, France was then beset by a series of financial scandals which ruined many citizens. The tensions erupted into “The Dreyfus Affaire.” At its heart was the destiny of the Jewish people.
Germany suffered a humiliating defeat in World War One. In 1919, the liberal Weimar Republic came into being. The victorious allies exacted revenge in crippling economic measures. It made recovery almost impossible. Out of the misery of war and hardship, there was an extraordinary artistic explosion. Art, music, film, cabaret, literature—new, modern, exciting, and ‘decadent’. Against this backdrop, politics polarised. The forces of darkness were erupting into a movement that would take humanity to the brink of despair, and attempt to eradicate the Jewish people from the face of the Earth.
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Trudy Gold was the former C.E.O of the London Jewish Cultural Centre, and one of the founder members of the British delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. She has taught Modern Jewish History in schools and universities and for adult groups throughout the World.
She has coordinated teacher training in Jewish History and Holocaust Studies in Eastern Europe and latterly in China.
She is the author of The Timechart History of Jewish Civilisation and the student resources “Understanding the Holocaust” and the digital resource &ld ...
She is the author of The Timechart History of Jewish Civilisation and the student resources “Understanding the Holocaust” and the digital resource “Lessons of the Holocaust.”
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