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Jews in Modern Europe Study Group


This seminar welcomes presentations on work in progress in the history, politics, society, and culture of modern European Jewry. Its purview reaches from early modernity to the present, and it welcomes presentations with a comparative, transnational, and international orientation as well as a specific national focus.


Study Group Events Calendar

Like Dewdrops in the Waving Grass: Diamonds, Jews, and Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Trade Jews in Modern Europe Study Group — Like Dewdrops in the Waving Grass: Diamonds, Jews, and Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Trade
May 2, 2019
4:45pm - 6:00pm
  • Saskia Coenen Snyder – Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History and the Associate Director of the Walker Institute and International and Area Studies, University of South Carolina
Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History Jews in Modern Europe Study Group — Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History
April 11, 2019
4:45pm - 6:00pm
  • Steven Zipperstein – The Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History, Stanford University
Writing a Common History Textbook in a Conflict Zone: The European Model and the Israeli-Palestinian Case Jews in Modern Europe Study Group — Writing a Common History Textbook in a Conflict Zone: The European Model and the Israeli-Palestinian Case
April 8, 2019
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Eyal Naveh – Professor of History, Tel Aviv University
  • Chair Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Modern Jewish History, & Resident Faculty, CES, Harvard University
Is There "Muslim Antisemitism" in France and Germany? Jews in Modern Europe Study Group — Is There "Muslim Antisemitism" in France and Germany?
March 11, 2019
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Günther Jikeli – Associate Professor; Justin M. Druck Family Scholar, Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism in the Borns Jewish Studies Program, Indiana University Bloomington
 Isaiah Berlin: Philosopher of Freedom - A film screening presented by filmmaker Judith Wechsler Jews in Modern Europe Study Group — Isaiah Berlin: Philosopher of Freedom - A film screening presented by filmmaker Judith Wechsler
December 11, 2018
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Judith Wechsler – NEH Professor of Art History, Emerita, Tufts University
  • Chair Alex Sagan – Local Affiliate, CES, Harvard University; Co-Chair, Jews in Modern Europe, CES, Harvard University
Redemption Through Sin: The Biographical Background to Gershom Scholem's Most Famous Essay Harvard Colloquium for Intellectual History — Redemption Through Sin: The Biographical Background to Gershom Scholem's Most Famous Essay
December 4, 2018
4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • David Biale – Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History, University of California, Davis
A Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism Jews in Modern Europe Study Group — A Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism
November 15, 2018
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Kristallnacht as Crescendo and Overture Jews in Modern Europe Study Group — Kristallnacht as Crescendo and Overture
November 8, 2018
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Peter Hayes – Theodore Zev Weiss Holocaust Educational Foundation Professor of Holocaust Studies Emeritus, Northwestern University
  • Respondent Alex Sagan – Local Affiliate, CES, Harvard University; Co-Chair, Jews in Modern Europe, CES, Harvard University
 Expelling the Jews: Wartime Plans to Expel Jews from Eastern Europe after the Second World War Jews in Modern Europe Study Group — Expelling the Jews: Wartime Plans to Expel Jews from Eastern Europe after the Second World War
October 11, 2018
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Gil Rubin – Israel Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University; CES Seminar Co-Chair, Harvard University
The Italian Executioners: The Genocide of the Jews of Italy Jews in Modern Europe Study Group — The Italian Executioners: The Genocide of the Jews of Italy
October 4, 2018
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Simon Levis Sullam – Associate Professor of Modern History, Ca' Foscari University of Venice
The Politics of History and the Future of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews (POLIN) The Politics of History and the Future of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews (POLIN)
September 5, 2018
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Dariusz Stola – Director, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
  • Chair Grzegorz Ekiert – Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government and CES Director, Harvard University
Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz Jews in Modern Europe Study Group — Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz
April 30, 2018
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Omer Bartov – John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History, Brown University
Synagogues of Habsburg Hungary: Typology, Genealogy and Architectural Significance Jews in Modern Europe Study Group — Synagogues of Habsburg Hungary: Typology, Genealogy and Architectural Significance
April 9, 2018
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Rudolf Klein – Miklós Ybl Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Szent István University
German Jewry and the Allure of the Sephardic Jews in Modern Europe Study Group — German Jewry and the Allure of the Sephardic
February 15, 2018
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • John M. Efron – Koret Professor of Jewish History, University of California, Berkeley
In Search of Retribution: The Roles of Holocaust Survivors in Trials of Nazi Perpetrators in Postwar Germany Jews in Modern Europe Study Group — In Search of Retribution: The Roles of Holocaust Survivors in Trials of Nazi Perpetrators in Postwar Germany
November 30, 2017
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Laura Jockusch – Albert Abramson Assistant Professor of Holocaust Studies, Departments of History and of New Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University
Becoming Hitler: The Making of a Nazi Book Discussion — Becoming Hitler: The Making of a Nazi
November 8, 2017
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Thomas Weber – Professor of History and International Affairs, University of Aberdeen; Director, Center for Global Security and Governance, University of Aberdeen
  • Chair Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, Harvard University; CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University and Daniel Ziblatt – Eaton Professor of the Science of Government, Harvard University; CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University; Faculty Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; Faculty Associate, Institute of Quantitative Social Science
Salonika Jews in the Context of Modern and Contemporary European Jewish History Jews in Modern Europe Study Group — Salonika Jews in the Context of Modern and Contemporary European Jewish History
October 19, 2017
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Devin E. Naar – Sephardic Studies Program Chair, Isaac Alhadeff Professor of Sephardic Studies, Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies, University of Washington
The Némirovsky Question: Susan Rubin Suleiman in conversation about her new book with Joshua Rubenstein and Annabel Kim Jews in Modern Europe Study Group — The Némirovsky Question: Susan Rubin Suleiman in conversation about her new book with Joshua Rubenstein and Annabel Kim
May 2, 2017
5:15pm - 6:45pm
  • Susan Rubin Suleiman – C. Douglas Dillon Research Professor of the Civilization of France, Harvard University; Research Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University; Faculty Associate, CES, Harvard University
  • Joshua Rubenstein – Associate, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies; Associate Director, Major Gifts at Harvard Law School
  • Annabel Kim – Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
Explaining Modernization of Jews in Nineteenth Century Italy Jews in Modern Europe Study Group — Explaining Modernization of Jews in Nineteenth Century Italy
April 20, 2017
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Marco Di Giulio – Associate Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature, Program of Judaic Studies & Italian Department Franklin & Marshall College
The Holocaust and Photography:  New Perspectives Jews In Modern Europe Study Group — The Holocaust and Photography: New Perspectives
February 16, 2017
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Michael Berkowitz – Professor of Modern Jewish History, Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University College, London
From Newsreel to Posttraumatic Films – Classic Documentary Films about Auschwitz-Birkenau Jews in Modern Europe Study Group — From Newsreel to Posttraumatic Films – Classic Documentary Films about Auschwitz-Birkenau
November 10, 2016
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Tomasz Łysak – Fulbright Visiting Lecturer of Polish Studies, University of Washington, Seattle; Assistant Professor, University of Warsaw, Poland
The Invention and Inversion of the German National Landscape by Jewish Filmmakers, 1918-1968 Jews in Modern Europe Study Group — The Invention and Inversion of the German National Landscape by Jewish Filmmakers, 1918-1968
October 5, 2016
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Ofer Ashkenazi – Faculty Member, History Department, Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Chairman, Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History
Jewish Revolutionaries in Exile Jews in Modern Europe Study Group — Jewish Revolutionaries in Exile
September 8, 2016
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Michael Miller – Director of the Nationalism Studies Program, Central European University, Budapest
Square Pegs into Round Holes: Creating Moscow’s New Museum of Jewish History
May 3, 2016
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Rethinking the Polish Underground and the Jews during the Holocaust
March 17, 2016
4:15pm - 6:00pm
What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About the Holocaust. Poland After Jedwabne
October 28, 2015
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Anna Bikont – Journalist and Writer, Gazeta Wyborcza
  • Respondent Antony Polonsky – Emeritus Professor of Holocaust Studies, Brandeis University; Chief Historian, Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw
Bookstores, Salons, and the Polish book: Catholic-Jewish Relations and the Cultural spaces of 19th-Century Warsaw
October 14, 2015
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Karen Auerbach – Department of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
From Ottoman Empire to Italian Colonialism: The Jews of Rhodes 1900-1944
September 17, 2015
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Aron Rodrigue – Charles Michael Professor in Jewish History and Culture, Stanford University
A New Magic Mountain: German Prose, Hebrew Modernism and the Central European Sanatorium A New Magic Mountain: German Prose, Hebrew Modernism and the Central European Sanatorium
April 16, 2015
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Sunny Yudkoff – Assistant Professor, Department of German, Nordic and Slavic, & the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Prosecuting Nazi Perpetrators in German Courts during the Occupation Period, 1945-1950 Prosecuting Nazi Perpetrators in German Courts during the Occupation Period, 1945-1950
March 24, 2015
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Devin Pendas – Associate Professor of History, Boston College; Co-Chair, Contemporary Europe Study Group, CES, Harvard University
Genocidal Regimes and Their Perpetrators
March 3, 2015
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Alex Whiting – Professor of Practice, Harvard Law School
  • Abram De Swaan – Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Amsterdam and Mount Sinai Hospital
Coexistence with the Enemy? French Jewish Youth and the Vichy Regime
December 3, 2014
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Daniel Lee – Post-doctoral Fellow, Oxford University
Variations on Simone Weil: European and North American Receptions of Her Antisemitica
October 22, 2014
4:15pm - 6:00pm
The Ambiguity of Virtue: Gertrude van Tijn and the Fate of the Dutch Jews during the Second World War
May 1, 2014
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Bernard Wasserstein – Ulrich and Harriet Meyer Professor of Modern European Jewish History, University of Chicago
Citizens of a Fictional Nation: Ottoman-born Jews in France during the First World War
April 9, 2014
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Sarah Abrevaya Stein – Professor, Maurice Amado Chair in Sephardic Studies, Department of History, University of California, Los Angeles
The Tragedy of a Generation: The Rise and Fall of Jewish Nationalism in Eastern Europe
March 25, 2014
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Joshua Karlip – Associate Professor of Jewish History, Yeshiva University
"Stranger in My Own Country: A Jewish Family in Modern Germany" Book presentation "Stranger in My Own Country: A Jewish Family in Modern Germany" Book presentation
March 4, 2014
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Yascha Mounk – Lecturer in the Government Department, Harvard University; Local Affiliate, CES, Harvard University
1941, The Year that Keeps Returning: Reminiscences and Research on the Fascist State of Croatia in World War II
November 14, 2013
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Slavko Goldstein – Award-winning publisher and journalist; Founder and leader (1989 to 1990), Croatian Social Liberal Party (HSLS)
Orphans of the Shoah and Jewish Identity in Postwar France Orphans of the Shoah and Jewish Identity in Postwar France
November 13, 2013
6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Susan Rubin Suleiman – C. Douglas Dillon Research Professor of the Civilization of France, Harvard University; Research Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University; Faculty Associate, CES, Harvard University
Navigating Islamic Law and French Imperialism: Jews in the Moroccan Legal System, 1830-1956 Navigating Islamic Law and French Imperialism: Jews in the Moroccan Legal System, 1830-1956
November 12, 2013
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Jessica Marglin – Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Respondent Jocelyne Cesari – Professor of Religion and Politics , University of Birmingham; Director of Research , Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion, University of Birmingham; Senior Fellow , Berkley Center, Georgetown University; Visiting Professor of Religion and Politics, Harvard Divinity School; Local Affiliate, CES, Harvard University
New Findings from the USHMM Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos
October 29, 2013
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Martin Dean – Applied Research Scholar, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
FDR and First News of the Holocaust
October 24, 2013
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Archives, Families, and Judaism from the Perspective of a French Historian
October 18, 2013
2:15pm - 4:00pm
  • Ivan Jablonka – Associate Professor in Contemporary History, Université du Maine, Le Mans
The Destruction of Jewish Commercial Activity in Nazi-Berlin:Perspectives and Processes
September 30, 2013
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Christoph Kreutzmueller – Memorial House of the Wannsee-Conference
The Tragedy of Leon Trotsky The Tragedy of Leon Trotsky
September 9, 2013
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Joshua Rubenstein – Scholar in Residence, Facing History and Ourselves; Senior Advisor, Amnesty International USA; Associate, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Reflections on the Holocaust
May 2, 2013
4:15pm - 6:00pm
From Historiography to TV, the Representation of Resistance and Jewish Resistance in Contemporary France
April 25, 2013
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Renee Poznanski – Professor of Holocaust Studies, Department of Politics & Government, Ben Gurion University, Israel; Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Transfer of Goods-Transfer of Knowlege: The Tobacco Monopoly and the Rise of the Modern Jewish Intellectual in the Habsburg Monarch
April 10, 2013
4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Louise Hecht – Senior Lecturer in Jewish History, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic; Fulbright research Scholar, University of Pennsylvania
Death Marches, Holocaust and Genocide: The Dynamic of a Nihilistic Destruction Death Marches, Holocaust and Genocide: The Dynamic of a Nihilistic Destruction
February 11, 2013
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Daniel Blatman – The Max and Rita Haber Chair in Contemporary Jewry and Holocaust Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
What Is Jewish (if anything) about Sir Isaiah Berlin's Political Philosophy? What Is Jewish (if anything) about Sir Isaiah Berlin's Political Philosophy?
January 28, 2013
5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Arie Dubnov – Department of History, Stanford University
At War with Israel: Communist East Germany and the West German Radical Left from the 1960s to 1989
October 19, 2012
4:15pm - 6:00pm
French Philosemitism From the Revolution to the Present
September 10, 2012
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Maurice Samuels – Professor of French, Department of French, Yale University
The Political Culture of Russian-speaking Jews in Germany, Israel and Ukraine
April 20, 2012
2:15pm - 4:00pm
  • Olena Bagno-Moldavski – Research Fellow, Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Michigan
Philosophy as a Behavioral Science: Action, Decision, and the Analytic Revolution in Postwar American Philosophy
April 12, 2012
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Joel Isaac – Lecturer in the History of Modern Political Thought, Christ's College, University of Cambridge
'They Came Like Gypsies': Jewish Property and the Slovenian Nation
December 1, 2011
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Hannah Starman – Research Fellow, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; Research Associate, Tam Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory University
The Jews of Poland and Russia: Myths and Realities
November 9, 2011
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Antony Polonsky – Emeritus Professor of Holocaust Studies, Brandeis University; Chief Historian, Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw
Italian Jews from Emancipation to Racial Laws
September 22, 2011
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Cristina Bettin – Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Italian Culture, Ben Gurion University, Israel
The Obscenity of Objectivity : Post-Holocaust Antisemitism and the Invention-Discovery of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
September 21, 2011
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Dagmar Herzog – Daniel Rose Faculty Scholar, Professor of History at the Graduate Center, City University of New York
Jewish-Russian Poets Bearing Witness to the Shoah Jewish-Russian Poets Bearing Witness to the Shoah
April 28, 2011
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Maxim D. Shrayer – Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies, Boston College
Irène Némirovsky and the 'Jewish Question' in Interwar France Irène Némirovsky and the 'Jewish Question' in Interwar France
April 6, 2011
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Susan Rubin Suleiman – C. Douglas Dillon Research Professor of the Civilization of France, Harvard University; Research Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University; Faculty Associate, CES, Harvard University
Strategies of Recall: The Holocaust in Polish Documentary and Artistic Films after 1989 Strategies of Recall: The Holocaust in Polish Documentary and Artistic Films after 1989
March 24, 2011
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Tomasz Łysak – Fulbright Visiting Lecturer of Polish Studies, University of Washington, Seattle; Assistant Professor, University of Warsaw, Poland
At Home in Europe or Forever in Exile?: Diaspora Nationalism and European Jews
December 2, 2010
5:15pm - 7:00pm
The Balfour Declaration and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
October 21, 2010
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Intimate Violence: Anti-Jewish Pogroms in the Shadow of the Holocaust Intimate Violence: Anti-Jewish Pogroms in the Shadow of the Holocaust
October 13, 2010
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Jason Wittenberg – Visiting Scholar, Davis Center; Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
Discrimination, Degradation, Defiance: Jewish Lawyers in Nazi Germany
September 23, 2010
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Douglas G. Morris
What Happened to the Children Who Fled Nazi Persecution: Success and Sorrow
March 4, 2010
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Gerald Steinacher – Historian, Joseph A. Schumpeter Fellow
  • Gerhard Sonnert – Research Associate, Harvard College Observatory; Associate, Harvard Physics Department
Rebuilding Shattered Lives: Jewish Children's Lives in Early Postwar Poland, 1945-1950 Rebuilding Shattered Lives: Jewish Children's Lives in Early Postwar Poland, 1945-1950
December 7, 2009
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Joanna Beata Michlic – Founder and Director, HBI (Hadassah-Brandeis Institute) Project on Families, Children, and the Holocaust, Brandeis University
The November 1938 'Kristallnacht' Pogrom in History and Memory
December 1, 2009
3:15pm - 5:00pm
  • Alan E. Steinweiss – Professor of History; Director of the Center for Holocaust Studies, University of Vermont
On The Publication of Gertrude Himmelfarb's The Jewish Odyssey of George Eliot
November 30, 2009
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Adam Kirsch – Contributing editor, Harvard Magazine; Regular Contributor, The New Yorker; Regular Contributor, The Times Literary Supplement
Reflections on Early Holocaust Cinema: The Case of the Vanishing Jew
November 19, 2009
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Stuart Liebman – Professor of Film and Media Studies, Queens; Member of the Ph.D. Faculties of Art History and Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center
The Private Life of a Noble Jewish Woman in Tsarist Russia: Gender in the Diaries of Zinaida Poliakova (1862-1952)
October 15, 2009
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • ChaeRan Freeze – Associate Professor of East European Jewish History and Graduate Chair of Women\'s and Gender Studie, Brandeis University
Recent Research in Yiddish Travel Literature
September 24, 2009
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Jews, Catholics, and the Origins of Modern Anti-Semitism in the Age of the French Kulturkampf, 1870-1886
April 29, 2009
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Vicki Caron – Cornell University and currently fellow of Radcliffe Institute
An Integrated History of the Holocaust: Some Methodological Problems An Integrated History of the Holocaust: Some Methodological Problems
March 17, 2009
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Cosmopolitans in an Ethnonational Age? Jews and Austrians in the First Republic
February 26, 2009
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Malachi Hacohen – Associate Professor and Bass Fellow, History, Political Science and Religion, Duke University
The Holocaust in German-Occupied Soviet Territory and the Response by Soviet Jewish Intellectuals The Holocaust in German-Occupied Soviet Territory and the Response by Soviet Jewish Intellectuals
February 5, 2009
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Joshua Rubenstein – Scholar in Residence, Facing History and Ourselves; Senior Advisor, Amnesty International USA; Associate, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
A Historian in the Ghetto: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes Archive
December 3, 2008
5:15pm - 7:00pm
Psychiatry and Prejudice: Perceptions of the Orient among European Jewish Immigr
October 30, 2008
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Rakefet Zalashik – Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University
Tsen Brider: A Russian-Jewish Folksong Becomes a Concentration Camp Requiem
September 25, 2008
4:15pm - 6:00pm
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