Jews in Palestine during the Great War

22.05.2014, Vortrag, DHI London

In this lecture Glenda Abramson will describe life in the Jewish settlement in Palestine under the autocratic rule of Jemal Pasha. Once the war took hold, Palestine was in a parlous condition, almost entirely cut off from the rest of the world, short of essential goods, medical supplies and funds to support those in the Jewish settlement who depended on international charity. The lack of supplies led to large-scale starvation and disease. How did the Jewish settlement in Palestine cope with these dramatic political, economic and cultural challenges?

Glenda Abramson is Professor of Hebrew and Jewish Studies and Emeritus Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford. Her publications include Drama and Ideology in Modern Israel (1998), Hebrew Writing of the First World War (2008), Soldiers’ Tales (2013) and edited books such as: The Encyclopedia of Modern Jewish Culture. She is editor-in-chief of The Journal of Modern Jewish Studies.

This lecture is part of a series organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London, the Jewish Museum and the Fritz Bauer Institut, Frankfurt/Main, in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London.

Lectures will be held at the German Historical Institute London,17 Bloomsbury Square,LondonWC1A 2NJ and begin at 6.30pm.

Admission is free but places are strictly limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute, London(email: info@leobaeck.co.uk or phone 020 7882 5690).

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