The Jewish experience in Eastern Europe from the late 19th century till the middle of the 20th century. Block seminar by Professor Marcos Silber of the University of Haifa
"There is no Jewish history without Polish history and no Polish history without Jews." is the famous statement of the equally famous professor of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jacob Goldberg.
In the winter semester 2023/24, we are offering you a unique opportunity to enroll in an elective seminar entitled "Jewish Modern History as Transnational History. The Jewish experience in Eastern Europe from the late 19th century to the middle of the 20th century" by Professor Marcos Silber of the University of Haifa, who is a student of Goldberg and a renowned expert on Polish Jewish history. The seminar provides a more general view of the key features of the life of Eastern European Jews in a global context, and its completion is beneficial not only for the erudition of the teacher, but also because seminars focused exclusively on the largest European Diaspora are not commonly offered. You will be able to successfully apply the acquired knowledge, for example, in state examinations. Moreover, this is the first ever course taught by an academic from the University of Haifa, with whom we are planning closer cooperation, not least because of its popularity among students. Haifa is an open, heterogeneous and affordable city, the local university offers Hebrew classes to foreign students quite exceptionally, and its specialist focus on the history of German and Polish Jews is also attractive.
The course is taught in English and, due to Prof. Silber's time constraints, is organized in blocks in the first and second weeks of the semester. If necessary, CJS will provide excuses for seminars that conflict in time.
Class dates: Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 19-21: 3-6:15 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22: 9:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 26: 11:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 27: 8-11:15 a.m.; classroom SV-D.2.07.