History of Hatred

History of Hatred

August 10 - 24, 2020

Tapestry welcomes Tim Crain, a historian who has spent his career studying the intersection of Jewish and Christian history. Join Dr. Crain for this free class on the history of antisemitism with a look to what the future may hold.

History of Hatred: Antisemitism Past, Present, & Future
3 Mondays: August 10, 17, & 24
7:30 pm via Zoom Webinar
This 3-part course is a part of the Luddy Lecture Series in honor of Mort z”l & Claire Komisar sponsored by Maureen, David & Noah Luddy. Offered in cooperation with the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, the Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Jewish Museum Milwaukee, and Ovation Chai Point.

August 10: Antisemitism: The Longest Hatred
Judaism is the foundation of Christianity, and Christianity should have been the greatest protector of its sister religion. Not only did Christianity fail though to protect Judaism, but it also became its greatest persecutor. In our first presentation, we will review centuries of Christian anti-Judaism and its impact on modern antisemitism. Without the foundation of Christian anti-Judaism, the Holocaust would not have taken place.

August 17: Antisemitism in the 19th and 20th Century
As the modern age progressed in Europe, antisemitism transitioned from Jews as Christ-killers and ritual murderers, to an obsession of allegations of Jewish power and influence. Jews continued to be viewed as outsiders in society, and they were blamed for all sorts of problems. Emancipation in the early 19th Century offered a glimmer of hope for European Jews but unfortunately ended up as a false dawn. Countless European politicians used antisemitism as an effective tool, and the scapegoating of Jews continued, reaching its culmination in mass murder.

August 24: Antisemitism: Present and Future
The Holocaust took the lives of nearly six million Jews and represented one of the greatest catastrophes in human history. Unfortunately, even after the Shoah, the longest hatred continued as antisemitism expanded in Europe and the Middle East as the 20th Century progressed. Jewish-Americans for the most part were able to assimilate into American society, but challenges remained, and the United States faced many of its own issues regarding racism and bigotry. In our final presentation, we will explore antisemitism in the present, as well as projecting to the future.

About the instructor – Tim Crain is a historian, professor, and administrator. His area of specialization is modern Jewish history, modern European history, and the Middle East. Crain is the former director of the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education at Seton Hill University, and he previously taught for fifteen years at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison He is a recipient of numerous teaching and professional awards, and in 2015 Crain received Marquette University’s Alumni Award for Leadership Excellence.

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