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The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) organises academic events in order to provide the broader public as well as an expert audience with regular insights into the most recent research results in the fields of Holocaust, genocide, and racism research. These events, some of which extend beyond academia in the stricter sense, take on different formats ranging from small lectures to the larger Simon Wiesenthal Lectures and from workshops addressing an expert audience to larger international conferences and the Simon Wiesenthal Conferences. This reflects the institute’s wide range of activities.


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!!!CANCELLED!!! David Lebovitch-Dahl: Antisemitism, Nationalism and the Austrian Province of the Society of Jesus, 1918-1939, in a Comparative Perspective !!!CANCELLED!!!

Wednesday, 22. January 2014, 15:00 - 16:30

Institut für Historische Theologie, Kirchengeschichte, Universität Wien, Schenkenstraße 8-10, 1010 Wien, Seminarraum 1


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The presentation addresses the problem of the attitudes of the Austrian Jesuits to antisemitism and nationalism in the Interwar Period. This question is important because of the significance of Catholicism for Austrian politics and because of the prominent role played by Austrians in the Holocaust.


The study is part of a broader ongoing project on the variations in the positions towards nationalism and racism within the Jesuit Order in Europe. It is the assumption of the research that the Jesuits' postures were influenced both by supra-national doctrinal concerns and by more local pastoral concerns and that the analysis of differences, tensions and debates within the Order regarding nationalism and antisemitism might increase our understanding of factors determining the support of or resistance to antisemitism within Catholic institutions. In addition, by studying the developments in the positions of the Jesuits in the interwar period, the project addresses the question of the continuity of antisemitism in the period from the late nineteenth century to World War II.


The presentation will analyze attitudes to Jews, "the Jewish question" and antisemitism of Jesuits in Italy, Germany, England and Austria, pointing at differences in their positions, and attempting to identify some of the factors that might have determined such differences. To conclude, it will be discussed what might have been specific in the approaches of the Austrian Jesuits, and what a comparative study of the transnational Society of Jesus might add to the existing scholarly literature on the Roman Catholic Church and antisemitism.


Comments by Rupert Klieber


David Lebovitch Dahl is Research Fellow at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI).


Rupert Klieber is Professor a the Institute for Church History (University of Vienna).


In cooperation with: 

The Department of Church History, University of Vienna

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