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Simon Wiesenthal Lectures


The Simon Wiesenthal lecture series takes place regularly every six to eight weeks and aims to present the latest research findings on the Holocaust to both a professional and a broader audience. They take into account the impressive spectrum of this discipline, the numerous questions and issues from empirical-analytical historiography to topics of cultural studies and involve young scholars as well as established academics.


Since 2007, when the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) was still being established, the lecture series – at that time in cooperation with the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance (DÖW) and the Institute of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna– has developed into the flagship of the VWI's outreach activities as a supporting element in the communication of recent academic findings in the field of Holocaust research and Holocaust and genocide studies.


For over a decade, the Austrian State Archives generously offered shelter to the Simon Wiesenthal Lectures in the roof foyer of the Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv. During the challenging years of the pandemic, the lectures were held online. From autumn 2022, in order to reach out to further audiences, a new cooperation partner was found in the Wien Museum. Until the reopening of the main location at Karlsplatz, the SWL will take place at MUSA, Felderstraße 6-8, next to the Vienna City Hall.



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Simon Wiesenthal Lecture
Marc Volovici: German as a Jewish Problem - The Language Politics of Jewish Nationalism

Thursday, 14. October 2021, 18:30 - 20:00

Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien, 1010 Wien, Rabensteig 3, Research Lounge, 3. Stock


In the immediate postwar period the German language was commonly depicted as ‘the language of the murderers’, a tainted language that carries the memory of the Nazi period and the Holocaust. In Israel, this label was frequently employed in order to defend a boycott of the German language. This lecture will explore how the postwar idea of German as a forbidden language drew on centuries-long debates over the significant power of German in modern Jewish culture and over the dangers that it poses to Jewish life. The lecture will pay close attention to the 1961 Eichmann Trial, an event that revealed the profound and ambivalent place of German in Jewish historical memory.

Marc Volovici is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Birkbeck College’s history department and the Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, University of London. He holds a PhD from Princeton University, and is the author of German as a Jewish Problem: The Language Politics of Jewish Nationalism (Stanford University Press, 2020). Marc served as an academic advisor and co-edited the exhibition catalogue for the award-winning exhibition Jews, Money, Myth developed in collaboration with the Jewish Museum London, which ran at the Museum in 2019.

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