Monthly Archives: January 2016

Paul J. Schrag Lecture: Mirjam Zadoff, “Jewish Intellectuals and the German Left: Werner Scholem, Walter Benjamin & Gershom Scholem”

by CJS


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Mirjam Zadoff, Alvin H. Rosenfeld Chair in Jewish Studies, and Associate Professor in History at Indiana University

Event Details

“Shades of Red: Werner Scholem, Walter Benjamin & Gershom Scholem”

Tuesday, March 15, 4:00 p.m.

159 Education Building (1000 Bascom Mall)

Like many other young German Jews Gershom Scholem, Werner Scholem and Walter Benjamin were consumed by revolutionary fire during World War I. This lecture follows their enthusiasm for the Left and the turns they took after the end of the war, each in his own direction. While Werner Scholem become one of the most prominent voices of German Communism, his younger brother fulfilled his Zionist dream and emigrated to Palestine; Walter Benjamin oscillated between both ideologies without committing to one. These three exceptional biographies, as reflected in mostly unpublished letters, highlight the various shades of German-Jewish commitment to the revolution.

This lecture is sponsored by the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies and the Department of History, and made possible through the generosity of the Schrag family. 

This event is free and open to the public.

About the Speaker

Mirjam Zadoff holds the Alvin H. Rosenfeld Chair in Jewish Studies, and is Associate Professor in History at Indiana University; previously she held an appointment in Jewish History at Munich University. Her award winning scholarship includes “Next Year in Marienbad. The Lost Worlds of Jewish Spa Culture” (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press 2011, German original 2006) and the forthcoming biography of Werner Scholem (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press 2017; in German: Der rote Hiob. Das Leben des Werner Scholem. Carl Hanser Verlag 2014).