Christina Späti – The German-speaking Left and Israel: Legacies and Developments since 1948

Event Date: 8 December 2016
German Historical Institute
17 Bloomsbury Square,
London WC1A 2NJ

European Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series 2016-17

The Legacy of the Left and Israel: 1967-2017

A lecture series organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London, in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London.

This season´s topic intends to discuss the complicated and multi-layered relationship of the European Left with Zionism and the State of Israel. We will examine this broad subject from a historical perspective and will shed light on the different debates in various European countries.

Lecture 2: Professor Christina Späti (University of Fribourg, CH) – The German-speaking Left and Israel: Legacies and Developments since 1948

The positions and attitudes of the political left in Germany, Austria and Switzerland towards Israel have undergone many changes since 1948. If the 1950s and 1960s were characterized by a romanticizing, pro-Zionist alignment with Israel, mainly expressed by Social-democratic parties and trade unions, the rise of the New Left after 1968 considerably changed the perspectives on the Middle East conflict and eventually had an impact on wider sections of the political left. The lecture will also look into the various legacies, ranging from the Holocaust to Internationalism, which influenced this development.

Introduction by Dr Daniel Wildmann (Director, LBI):






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