Each week, we learn and debate together about a subject from the broad span of Modern Jewish History. This term we will explore the diverse ways in which Jewish identity has been expressed in the modern world by looking at a range of Jewish individuals, including prominent intellectuals, rabbis, and communal leaders as well as ‘ordinary’ Jews of various kinds.
This six week course explores the experiences and responses of Jews in Europe, America and Palestine during the turbulent decades from the 1880s until the eve of the Nazi rise to power. No previous knowledge of the topics is necessary.
A lecture exploring the extraordinary renewal of Jewish life and culture after the Holocaust. Prof Shirli GIlbert will explore how we understand the power and vitality of this rebirth, and what lessons might it hold for our Jewish lives today.
A lecture exploring the wide range of musical activities under Nazi internment, including original songs from this period, including some rare post-war recordings.
A 4-week course exploring British responses to the refugee crisis during the 1930s and 40s, revealing a neglected history of support for refugees from remarkable people and institutions of all faiths and none. The photo shows the disembarkation of Kindertransportees from the SS Warsawa, which travelled from Gdynia, Poland and docked at Tower Bridge on 14 February 1939 (used with the permission of the Bundesarchiv).
‘We have found our long lost brethren’: Jewish and Christian army chaplains at the liberation of Bergen-Belsen
A powerful story of Jewish-Christian encounter as the world came face to face with the aftermath of the Holocaust, explored through the experiences of Rabbi Levy and the Christian chaplains at Belsen.
Each week, we learn and debate together about a subject from the broad span of Modern Jewish History. Continues across the year with changing themes. Occasional places sometimes become available. Please contact us if you would like to join the waiting list.
Join our newly-formed evening study group, an addition to our popular daytime programme. Each week, we learn and debate together about a subject from the broad span of Modern Jewish History. Continues across the year with changing themes. No previous knowledge is necessary.
Seth Anziska: Israel and the Palestinian Question in the 21st Century What is the impact of Palestinian statelessness on Israeli society, and to what extent is this transforming Jewish politics on a global scale?
Lectures exploring the memorialisation of difficult pasts, from apartheid South Africa to the genocide in Rwanda and the Holocaust.
This course will present a broad, engaging overview, zooming in on significant, unusual, and extraordinary episodes along the way, all taught though original primary documents.
Allied-occupied Germany became the temporary home for over a quarter of a million surviving Jews after the Holocaust. What are the implications of that event for Jewish life today?
Lecture presented to students in Years 11 and 12 who are tracing Nazi policy from the Nuremberg Laws to Kristallnacht and the Wannsee Conference.
The 2019 Sir Martin Gilbert Memorial Lecture: ‘Brexit and the Anti-Liberal Moment’ featuring The Rt Hon David Miliband
On 24 October 2019 The Rt Hon David Miliband gave the 2nd annual Sir Martin Gilbert Memorial Lecture.
PAST EVENT – A lecture by Sir Lawrence Freedman on the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Ten week course on Modern Jewish History led by Professor Shirli Gilbert, Head of Jewish Studies department at University of Southampton.
PAST EVENT – Sir Martin Gilbert Memorial Lecture with Sir John Major KG CH