The Holocaust, Apartheid and Dilemmas of Jewish Victimhood
Shilling Building Auditorium
Professor Shirli Gilbert
University College London
South Africa’s system of apartheid was formalized in 1948, three years after the end of the Holocaust. 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, Shirli Gilbert will survey the diverse and sometimes unexpected ways in which the history of Jewish persecution shaped Jews’ attitudes to racism during apartheid (1948-1994) and after the transition to a multiracial democracy.
Shirli Gilbert is Professor of Modern Jewish History at University College London and Academic Director of the newly-formed Sir Martin Gilbert Learning Centre. She obtained her DPhil at the University of Oxford and has previously held positions at the Universities of Cape Town, Michigan, and Southampton. Her publications include Music in the Holocaust (2005), From Things Lost: Forgotten Letters and the Legacy of the Holocaust (2017), and most recently, with Avril Alba, Holocaust Memory and Racism in the Postwar World (2019).
Admission is free but booking is essential.
David Cesarani Holocaust Memorial Lecture
Please note that this lecture replaces the lecture previously advertised.