Saskia Coenen-Snyder LectureMonday, April 4, 2011 - 7:00pm
“Dishonorable Solidarity? Jewish Soldiers during the Franco-Prussian War”
Dr. Saskia Coenen-Snyder
Professor of Jewish Studies and History, University of South Carolina
This public lecture is part of the College of Charleston’s Jewish Studies Program’s lecture series on the American Civil War. In this lecture, Dr.Coenen-Snyder will offer a European comparison, particularly in the context of the French-German conflict of 1870-1871.
Description of lecture: During the 1870/1871 Franco-Prussian War, French-Jewish and German-Jewish soldiers displayed dual loyalties: on the one hand they felt genuine patriotism for their respective nations ("We are French before we are Jews"), but on the other hand they recognized the religious ties that bound them together as Jews. The war therefore generated great tensions as national loyalties and religious affiliations clashed. This lecture will explore the dilemma that rendered Jews across the border both brothers and enemies.