Anti-Jewish Violence in Poland, 1914-1920 and 1945-1946: New Social-Psychological Perspectives
Lecture | February 28 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall
This talk will summarize the speakers arguments in his book, Anti-Jewish Violence in Poland, 1914-1920 (Cambridge UP, 2018), contrasting them with major recent works on the post-World War II years by Polish scholars Joanna Tokarska-Bakir and Marcin Zaremba. It will highlight interpretation focused on popular mentalities, societal traumas, and enactment of routinized, unreflected-upon social-cultural/religious scripts in place of accustomed emphases, whether scholarly or popular, on self-interested action by power elites and unleashed masses. While scholarship on modern anti-Jewish violence has stressed its ideological inspiration (print antisemitism), the speakers research shows that its perpetrators among civilians and soldiers expressed magic-infused anxieties and longings for redemption from present threats and suffering (folk antisemitism).