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Pogroms: Contemporary Reactions to Antisemitic Violence in Europe c. 1815-1950

Event Date & Time: 30th May, 2014 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: The Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DP
Speakers: Professor Manfred Gailus, Technische Universität Berlin; Dr François Guesnet, University College London; Dr Hugo Service, University of Oxford.
Theme: Pogrom, World War II
Region / Country: Europe, Germany, Poland, Russia/Soviet Union
Historical Period: 19th century, 20th century


What were the reactions of contemporaries and eyewitnesses to antisemitic riots and popular violence in Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries? How did their responses differ from our own understanding of pogroms and their history?  In this half-day workshop leading scholars will examine this question in three different contexts: nineteenth-century Germany, the Russian Empire in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, and Poland in the aftermath of the Second World War.

  • Between Riot and Pogrom. Anti-Jewish Violence in Nineteenth-Century Germany.
    Professor Manfred Gailus, Technische Universität Berlin
  • Pogroms in Nineteenth-Century Eastern Europe – the Archetype of Anti-Jewish Violence?
    Dr François Guesnet, University College London 
  • Anti-Jewish Violence and Pogroms in Poland at the End of the Second World War: Explanations and Consequences
    Dr Hugo Service, University of Oxford

The workshop will provide an opportunity both to examine reactions to these pogroms in their individual contexts and also to draw comparisons between the different cases. 

Professor David Feldman, Director – 4

Our work shows how antisemitism has often been intertwined with anti-Muslim, anti-migrant, anti-black and anti-Irish bigotries. Antisemitism and other racisms should not be considered in isolation and still less in competition.

Professor David Feldman, Director

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