Sam Johnson Memorial Lecture: Professor Shirli Gilbert, “South African Jews, Apartheid and Israel’, 4th Dec

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Date: Wednesday 4th December 2019

Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Location: Geoffrey Manton LT 3 , Manchester Metropolitan University

Tickets: Free – Available on Eventbrite

Part of the History Research Seminar Series at Manchester Metropolitan University

Sam Johnson Memorial Lecture: Professor Shirli Gilbert, “South African Jews, Apartheid and Israel’

South Africa’s system of Apartheid (‘apartness’ in Afrikaans) was formalized in 1948, just three years after the defeat of Nazism. For South African Jews, the recent genocide served as powerful currency in the debate about how to relate to local racist practices and ideas. In this talk, Professor Shirli Gilbert will explore the diverse and sometimes unexpected ways in which the history of Jewish persecution, and especially the Holocaust, shaped Jews’ attitudes to racism both during apartheid (1948-1994) and after the transition to democracy.

Shirli Gilbert is Professor of Modern Jewish History at UCL. She is a specialist in modern Jewish history, with particular interest in the Holocaust and its legacies as well as Jews in South Africa. Her books included Music in the Holocaust (2005), From Things Lost: Forgotten Letters and the Legacy of the Holocaust (2017) and, with Avril Alba, Holocaust Memory and Racism in the Postwar World (2019).

This seminar is the annual Sam Johnson Memorial Seminar. Sam was a valued lecturer and researcher in History at Manchester Metropolitan University until her death in December 2015. Sam’s research focused on anti-Semitism, Jewish life in Central and East Europe, and the history of Jewish/non-Jewish relations.

This lecture is part of the History Research Seminar Series at Manchester Metropolitan University. There will be a wine reception after the lecture.

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