RSVP to “Between Philosemitism and Antisemitism in Modern Japan: New Perspectives on Consul Sugihara’s 1940 Visa Issuing and Its Transnational Commemoration”
March 26 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Center for Jewish Civilization invites you to Dr. Rotem Kowner’s lecture, “Between Philosemitism and Antisemitism in Modern Japan: New Perspectives on Consul Sugihara’s 1940 Visa Issuing and Its Transnational Commemoration” RSVP to the event here!
About the Event:
Dr. Rotem Kowner’s lecture will specifically focus on, “Japan’s Only Righteous Among the Nations: Consul Sugihara’s 1940 Visa issuing and Its Transnational Commemoration.” The Japanese Consul Sugihara Chiune issued visas to thousands of Jewish refugees stranded in Lithuania in the summer of 1940. Kowner will discuss the myth and reality behind Chiune’s legacy and the way it is used and abused today in several countries, involving nationalism and antisemitism. This examination of Consul Sugihara’s role in the wartime escape of Jews from Lithuania and its postwar commemoration is part of Kowner’s on-going study of Japan’s policies towards Jews in modern times and during World War II in particular.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Rotem Kowner is a professor of Japanese history and culture at the University of Haifa, Israel. His background includes early childhood in a Kibbutz, military service as an executive officer aboard a missile boat, and work as a chef in an Italian restaurant in Melbourne. Kowner’s active interest in Japan has developed gradually. After majoring in East Asian studies and psychology in Jerusalem, he studied in Berlin and then moved to Tsukuba, Japan, where he obtained his Ph.D. Following postdoctoral studies at Stanford he returned to Israel to pursue an academic career. His research interests include wartime behavior in modern Japan, race and racism in East Asia, Asian Jewish communities, psychological aspects of intercultural encounters, and learning methods of Japanese scripts.
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