Antisemitism never went away in Germany. Now, it is resurging – both covertly and increasingly in public. The rise in antisemitic hate speech has been followed by acts of violence; in Germany violent antisemitic attacks have doubled between 2017 and 2019. It is essential to take action against old and new forms of antisemitism in order to protect and strengthen an open and democratic German society. Against this background, and one year after the attack on a synagogue in Halle, the pianist Igor Levit and the author Lena Gorelik will discuss about antisemitism in Germany today – and the actions that need to be taken now.
The event will be held in German, with professional English live translation. The discussion will be followed by a Q & A session, where webinar participants can ask questions to Igor Levit and Lena Gorelik.
On the Her.Tietz Initiative:
The Tietz Lecture on Addressing Antisemitism is organized by the Her.Tietz Initiative, a group of students and alumni of the Hertie School. The initiative also has the support of more than 150 present and past members of organizations funded by the Hertie Foundation. The initiative is committed to a transparent and open handling of the Nazi history of Hertie, to an active commemoration of the victims of the Shoah, and to fight the growing antisemitism today.
On the event „Tietz Lecture on Addressing Antisemitism“:
The annual lecture series is named after the Jewish merchant Oscar Tietz, founder of the department store chain „Hermann Tietz“ (whose name was later changed to „Hertie“). In the 1930s, the Nazis forced the Tietz family out of their company through a combination of antisemitic repressions. The assets of the charitable Hertie Foundation, which is a key source of funding to the Hertie School, originate from the sale of the Hertie department store chain.
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