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“Moses Mendelssohn’s Afterlives and the Invention of Modern Jewish Memory” by Martina Steer
Martina Steer, Abigail Gillman, and Michael Brenner discuss Moses Mendelssohn as a central figure for the cult of memory in modern Jewish societies. Posthumously, Mendelssohn became a paramount point of reference for Jewish culture and his memory was transmitted across generations, religious groups, and national borders from the late eighteenth century to the rise of National Socialism. Mendelssohn’s life was constructed and disputed across national borders as a paradigm of Jewish modernity. An entangled analysis of the agents of memory, multi-media memory practices, and his reception in Germany, Poland, and the United States sheds light on the dynamics and transnational connectivity of Jewish memory.

Oct 6, 2020 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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