Event Date: 27 June 2013
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1E 7HU
Professor Jay Winter (Yale) – René Cassin, the Holocaust, and the Universal Declaration for Human Rights
Remembrance is not a human right but the precondition for the effective establishment and maintenance of a regime of human rights. In this lecture Professor Winter explores the central role played by Holocaust remembrance in the framing and passage of one of the foundational human rights documents of the twentieth century: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Jay Winter will focus on the role of the French jurist, resistance leader, and Jewish statesman, René Cassin, architect of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1968.
Jay M Winter is the Charles J Stille Professor of History at Yale University and is a specialist on World War I and its impact on the twentieth century. He is the author or co-author of a dozen books. His most recent, Rene Cassin et les droits de l’homme (Fayard, 2011), co-authored with Antoine Prost, won the prize for best book of the year at the Blois History festival in 2011. The book is now available in English, René Cassin and Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
Introduction by Professor David Feldman (Director, Pears Institute).
The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism
“The relationship between antisemitism and other forms of racism and exclusion is not only a historical question. It is an urgent issue for today.” Professor David Feldman, Director.
The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism was established by the Pears Foundation and is based at Birkbeck, University of London. It is a centre of innovative research and teaching, contributing to discussion and policy formation on antisemitism as well as other forms of racial prejudice and intolerance. It is both independent and inclusive.