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The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) organises academic events in order to provide the broader public as well as an expert audience with regular insights into the most recent research results in the fields of Holocaust, genocide, and racism research. These events, some of which extend beyond academia in the stricter sense, take on different formats ranging from small lectures to the larger Simon Wiesenthal Lectures and from workshops addressing an expert audience to larger international conferences and the Simon Wiesenthal Conferences. This reflects the institute’s wide range of activities.


The range of events further extends to the presentation of selected new publications on the institute’s topics of interest, interventions in the public space, the film series VWI Visuals, and the fellows’ expert colloquia.



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Simon Wiesenthal Lecture
Marc Volovici: German as a Jewish Problem - The Language Politics of Jewish Nationalism

Thursday, 14. October 2021, 18:30 - 20:00

Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien, 1010 Wien, Rabensteig 3, Research Lounge, 3. Stock


In the immediate postwar period the German language was commonly depicted as ‘the language of the murderers’, a tainted language that carries the memory of the Nazi period and the Holocaust. In Israel, this label was frequently employed in order to defend a boycott of the German language. This lecture will explore how the postwar idea of German as a forbidden language drew on centuries-long debates over the significant power of German in modern Jewish culture and over the dangers that it poses to Jewish life. The lecture will pay close attention to the 1961 Eichmann Trial, an event that revealed the profound and ambivalent place of German in Jewish historical memory.

Marc Volovici is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Birkbeck College’s history department and the Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, University of London. He holds a PhD from Princeton University, and is the author of German as a Jewish Problem: The Language Politics of Jewish Nationalism (Stanford University Press, 2020). Marc served as an academic advisor and co-edited the exhibition catalogue for the award-winning exhibition Jews, Money, Myth developed in collaboration with the Jewish Museum London, which ran at the Museum in 2019.

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