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The Jewish Experience of the First World War - International Conference

Date: Wednesday 11 June 2014 to Thursday 12 June 2014

Price: Free entrance to the conference. Normal museum admission applies if delegates wish to visit the museum galleries.

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To coincide with our current acclaimed exhibition For King and Country? the Jewish Museum will be hosting the first two days of an international conference on the Jewish experience of World War I, convened by the University of Sussex. Speakers will include David Cesarani from Royal Holloway University.

Events taking place at the Jewish Museum are listed below. Evening events and day three of the conference will take place at the Wiener Library and JW3.

Please see the programme at the bottom of the page for more information on the full running order of the conference. Sessions at the Wiener Library and JW3 need to be booked with those institutions.

To book please contact admin@jewishmuseum.org.uk / 020 7284 7384

Wednesday 11 June

1.45     Opening Remarks - Gideon Reuveni and Edward Madigan

2.00 - 3.30     For Home and Country

Vanda Wilcox (John Cabot University, Rome), Jewish Soldiers in the Italian Army, 1915-18

Sarah Panter (Leibniz-Institute of European History, Mainz) Between Inclusion and Exclusion: The Experiences of Jewish Soldiers in Europe and the USA during the First World War

David Cesarani (Royal Holloway, UL), ‘The Jew Boy Can Fight Alright!’ Reappraising the Experience of Jews in Britain during the Great War

3.30 - 4.00     Break

4.00 - 5.00     Rabbinical Interpretations of War

Stuart Cohen (Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan), “War is Different.” Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook on the halakhic exceptionalism of War, 1915-1916

Marc Saperstein (Kings College London), American Rabbis as the US Enters the War: April 1917

Thursday 12 June 

9.30 - 11.00     Jewish Women at War

Andrea Sinn (UC Berkeley), On the Home Front: Jewish Women During the Great War

Martina Steer (University of Vienna), National Consciousness, Jewish Identity, and Gender Solidarity: German-Jewish Women and World War One

Ruth Nattermann (Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich), The Female Side of War: Experience and Memory of the Great War in Italian-Jewish Women’s Ego-Documents

11.00 - 11.30     Break

11.30 - 12.30     Gender and Total War

Nils Römer (University of Texas at Dallas), The First World War and the (En)Gendering of Jewish Tradition

Marie-Christin Lux (Technical University, Berlin), Gender and Experiences of War in Writings of French Jewish Intellectuals: The Correspondence of Robert and Alice Hertz

12.30 - 2.00     Break

2.00 - 3.30       The Jewish Family at War

Sharon Gordon (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), The Warburg Brothers and Jewish Integration into National Politics

Carl-Eric Linsler (Techinical University, Berlin), Jewish Family History as a Comparative Approach to the Jewish Experience of the First World War

Catherine Taylor (Head Archivist, The Waddesdon Archive at Windmill Hill), A Family at War: the Rothschilds and the First World War as Told in their Correspondence

3.30 - 4.00     Break

4.00 - 5.30     Occupation and the War on the Eastern Front

Björn Siegel (University of Sussex), “Bringing Light to the East:” Jewish Education in Times of War

Philipp Nielsen (Max Planck Institute, Berlin), Eastern Promises: Jews and the German Occupation of Poland between 1914 and 1918

Emma Or-Tal Zohar (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), 1916 as a Turning Point in the Jewish Political and Cultural Life in Poland

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