Pears Institute Lunchtime Seminar
|Speaker:||Hizky Shoham, Bar Ilan University|
|Date:||Mon, Feb. 24, 2020||Time:||1:00pm - 2:00pm|
|Venue:||Birkbeck, University of London|
|Free seminar for scholars:||
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The Hebrew word Shoah has become a standard term for the 1940s genocide of European Jewry and has entered the vocabularies of several other languages. For many people this historical event required a new entry in the socio-political lexicon. This talk tracks the conceptual history of the term Shoah in Hebrew, and its gradual appearance as the most common designation for the annihilation of European Jewry, overshadowing traditional terms such as hurban (destruction), on one hand, and the newly coined Hebrew term “retzah-‘am” (genocide) on the other. The consequence of this new lexical entry was the dominance of a narrative, among Jews and many others, that stresses the “singularity of the Holocaust”.