Connections 20062. Jews in Modern Europe
In this connection, students will learn how social, political and economic factors have shaped the Jewish community in Europe and how the Holocaust, the worst catastrophe in Jewish history, has affected Jewish identity and culture. Students will study the development of European Jewish communities and their relations with the Christian world in the Medieval and Early Modern eras, how modernization transformed relations between Jews and Christians and how many Europeans responded to Jewish assimilation attempts with anti-Semitism and persecution. Both courses will deal with the effects of the Holocaust on Jewish identity, political structures and religious thought.