The PJC's Lecture Series continues this spring semester with an event with author Alon Confino. Dr. Confino is a Professor of History at the University of Virginia and holds a position of Professor of History at Ben-Gurion University in Israel. He will be discussing his recent book A World Without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide (Yale University Press, 2014), which won a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship.
What was the story the Nazis told themselves about their past that legitimize the persecution and extermination of the Jews? The Nazis had a revolutionary spatial policy to conquer the entire Continent, enslaving and exterminating millions. What, then, was the revolutionary concept of time that accompanied this revolutionary policy of space? What was the imagination of time and of history that gave meaning and legitimacy to their radical exterminatory policies? Presenting his new book, Confino traces the Nazi imagination of a world without Jews, and how it made the persecution and extermination conceivable and imaginable.