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The VWI fellows present their intermediary research results in the context of colloquia which are announced to a small audience and are open to a public audience with an academic and topical interest. The lectures are complemented by a response or commentary by an expert in the given field and are discussed with the other fellows.


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Raul Cârstocea: Negotiating Modernity: The Anti-Semitism of Interwar Romanian Intellectuals

Wednesday, 5. December 2012, 14:00 - 15:30

Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen Bibliothek 1090 Wien Spittelauer Lände 3


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With the creation of the new state in the 19th century, in a late modernising Romania with many of its traditional social structures still intact, the interplay between tradition and modernity became the focus of the discussions regarding possible patterns of development. The role of the Romanian Jewish community in the intellectual debates on the modernisation of the country is particularly interesting. The Jewish minority was predominantly urban, and more literate and skilled than the majority population. At the same time it was perceived by the Romanian majority as a competing group that had preserved its solid community bonds and was much more united along national lines. The issue of the Jewish minority was inextricably linked with the discussion surrounding the process of nation-building.

Raul Cârstocea’s presentation will address the role of the Jewish community in Romania in the debates on modernisation, as well as the issue of the virtual ‘anti-Semitic consensus’ encountered among Romanian intellectuals in the interwar period. He will argue that, in line with the aforementioned debates and different from the situation in Nazi Germany, the case of Romania shows a form of prejudice that was not primarily grounded on racial considerations but rather on cultural and religious ones, while - as later evidenced in the Romanian Holocaust - being equally radical and destructive.


Comments by Florin Faje


Raul Cârstocea is a Research Fellow at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies.

Florian Faje is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences.


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