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Jewish Studies Program

1996 Solomon-Tenenbaum Lectureship

Solomon-Tenenbaum Lecture 1996


Saul Friedlander

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"

October 24
Lecture: 8:00pm 
Gambrell Hall Auditorium

Symposium October 23
3:30 pm
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, 1939-1941Pius XII and the Third ReichKurt Gerstein: The Ambiguity of GoodReflexions sur l'Avenir d'IraelArab and Israelis: A DialogueHistory 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.