A Medieval Accusation Made Modern: Reassessing "Ritual Murder" in Jewish History

 

Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

A Medieval Accusation Made Modern: Reassessing "Ritual Murder" in Jewish History

Speaker: 
Jonathan Frankel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Hillel J. Kieval, Washington University, St. Louis; Benjamin Nathans, University of Pennsylvania

Jonathan Frankel is the Tamara and Saveli Grinberg Professor of Russian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Among his many publications are Prophecy and Politics: Socialism, Nationalism and the Russian Jews (1862-1917), and The Damascus Affair: “Ritual Murder”, Politics and the Jews in 1840, both published by Cambridge University Press. He is also co-editor of Studies in Contemporary Jewry: An Annual (Oxford University Press). Currently he is the Herbert and Ellie Katz Fellow at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies.

Hillel J. Kieval is the Gloria M. Goldstein Professor of Jewish History and Thought at Washington University in St. Louis. His main interests lie in the social and cultural history of the Jews in East Central Europe since the Enlightenment and in Jewish-Gentile interaction and conflict. Kieval is the author of The Making of Czech Jewry: National Conflict and Jewish Society in Bohemia, 1870-1918 (1988); Languages of Community: The Jewish Experience in the Czech Lands (2000); and the forthcoming Blood Inscriptions: The "Ritual Murder" Trial in Modern Europe. Currently he is the Primo Levi Fellow at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies.

Benjamin Nathans is the Watkins Assistant Professor in the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania, Acting Associate Director and the Ella Darivoff Fellow at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. Prof. Nathans' book Beyond the Pale: The Jewish Encounter with Late Imperial Russia appeared in summer 2002; he is currently at work on a new history of Russian Jewry in the Tsarist and Soviet eras.

Event Subtitle: 

Sixth Annual Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Lecture

Event Location: 

College Hall, Room 209, University of Pennsylvania

Event Date and Time: 
October 29, 2002 4:30pm
Open to the public
Sponsors: 
Department of History
Sponsors: 
Jewish Studies Program
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