Religious studies club hosts speaker on Zionism in light of the Holocaust

Dr. Barry Trachtenburg, Rubin professional chair of Jewish history and director of Wake Forest Universitiy’s Jewish studies program
Monday, Nov. 4, 2019
6:30 p.m.
Belk Library Room 114

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This talk is free and open to the public.

Professor, Dr. Barry Trachtenberg, Rubin Professional chair of Jewish history and director of Wake Forest University’s Jewish studies program, will share from his experience teaching the history of Zionism in this politically charged moment.

He will make the case that an ethical stance on Zionism requires one to be deeply sympathetic both towards the experience of European Jews, who faced genocidal violence during the Nazi Holocaust and towards the experience of Palestinian Arabs, who faced nearly wholesale ethnic cleansing with the founding of Israel.

A leading scholar of Jewish history, Trachtenberg can comment on the Holocaust and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as a range of other issues facing Jews around the world. For more than 20 years, his research and teaching have focused on the complexities of and controversies in American Jewish history; the Holocaust; Zionism, Israel and Palestine and modern Yiddish culture.

 He is the author of two books, “The Revolutionary Roots of Modern Yiddish, 1903-1917” (2008) and “The United States and the Nazi Holocaust: Race, Refugee, and Remembrance” (2018). Currently, he is writing a new book, “‘Bible for the New Age’ The Nazi Holocaust and Exile of the Yiddish.” 

Trachtenburg received his B.A. in English at Rowan University of New Jersey; M.A. in history at the University of Vermont, Post Graduate Diploma in Jewish studies at Oxford University and Ph.D. in history at the University of California, Los Angeles. 

This event will be brought to you by the Religious Studies Club, co-sponsored by the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies and supported by Appalachian State University’s Department of Philosophy and Religion. For more information, visit App State Religious Studies Club on Facebook, Instagram (@religiousstudiesclub, and Twitter @relstudiesclub


About the Department of Philosophy and Religion 
The Department of Philosophy and Religion invites students to explore the world, examine beliefs, understand a diversity of worldviews, and challenge the ideas and values that instruct our lives. The department offers a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies, as well as a minor in both of these areas. Learn more at

About the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies
The Center for Judaic, Holocuast and Peace Studies seeks to strengthen tolerance, understanding, and remembrance by increasing the knowledge of Jewish culture and history, teaching the history and meaning of the Holocaust and utilizing these experiences to explore peaceful avenues for human improvement and the prevention of further genocides.

The Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies is an associate institutional member of the Association of Jewish Studies, a member of the Association of Holocaust Organizations and of the North Carolina Consortium of Jewish Studies. Learn more at

By Barclay Ann Blankenship
Oct. 31, 2019

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Published: Nov 4, 2019 9:06am