1996 Solomon-Tenenbaum Lectureship
Solomon-Tenenbaum Lecture 1996
Professor of Modern European History, Tel Aviv University
Professor of History, UCLA
"Two Jewish Historians in Extremis:
Ernst Kantorowicz and Marc Bloch
in the Face of Nazism and Collaboration"
Gambrell Hall Auditorium
Symposium October 23
Gambrell Hall, Room 151
Saul Friedlander and Bob Herzstien (Professor of History) discuss:
"Historians' debates on writing about National Socialism and the Holocaust"
Saul Friedlander's study and work as a historian, employs psychological theory in the study and interpretation of history. His work uses theoretical and practical applications of psychoanalysis to gain a deeper insight into the events and the people of history. His work seeks to understand the meaning of Jewish identity in the twentieth century.
The fascinating story of his life is told in his memoir When Memory Comes. Born in 1932, in Prague, he fled with his family to Paris in 1939, in the face of Hitler's growing threat. He became separated from his parents and was placed in a Catholic school where he was given the name Paul-Henri Ferland. At the age of 14 he learned of his Jewish heritage and in 1948 he migrated to Israel where he changed his name to Saul. He was able to reconnect with his Jewish past and to embark on a remarkable journey of rediscovery.
Some of Professor Friedlander's major publications include among others: Prelude to Downfall: Hitler and the United States, 1939-1941; Pius XII and the Third Reich; Kurt Gerstein: The Ambiguity of Good; Reflexions sur l'Avenir d'Irael; Arab and Israelis: A Dialogue; History and Psychoanalysis;History, Memory and the Extermination of the Jews of Europe.
This lecture officially inaugurates the Solomon-Tenenbaum Visiting Lectureship in Jewish Studies. The University of South Carolina proudly acknowledges the benefactors, Melvin and Judith Solomon of Charleston, and Samuel and Inez Tenenbaum, of Columbia, whose generosity has created a Jewish studies endowment which exists to support the lectureship, to enhance the library collection and, eventualy, to establish a chair in Jewish Studies.