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José David Lebovitch Dahl
Research Fellow (10/2013 – 08/2014)

Antisemitism, Nationalism and the Austrian Province of the Society of Jesus, 1918-1939, in a Comparative Perspective.


LEBOVITCHThis project analyses the Austrian Jesuits’ attitudes to antisemitism and nationalism in the interwar period. The research is part of a broader study of the variations in the positions towards nationalism and racism within the Jesuit Order in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s. It is the assumption of the research that the Jesuits’ postures were influenced both by supra-national doctrinal concerns and by more local pastoral concerns and that the analysis of the tensions and debates within the Order regarding nationalism and antisemitism will increase our understanding of the factors determining the support or resistance toward antisemitism within Catholic institutions. The Austrian case is particularly important because of the role of Catholicism in Austrian politics and because of the role of Austria in the Holocaust. In addition, by studying the developments in the positions of the Jesuits in the interwar period, the project addresses the question of the continuity of antisemitism in the period from the late 19th century to World War II.

David Lebovitch Dahl holds a Ph.D. in History from the European University Institute (2008). His research has focused on antisemitism, nationalism and the Roman Catholic Church in the 19th and 20th centuries. Among his most important publications are articles in Modern Judaism (2003), Rivista di Storia del Cristianesimo (2010) and Modern Italy (2012).

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The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) is funded by:


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