Lecture: “The Palestinian Refugees as a Jewish Question: The Lost Voice of Simon Rawidowicz” by Professor David Myers on March 26th

Jewish Heritage Lecture Series 2009

History Professor David Myers of the University of California-Los Angeles will be giving a lecture entitled “The Palestinian Refugees as a Jewish Question: The Lost Voice of Simon Rawidowicz” on March 26th at the Pyle Center (702 Langdon Street) at 4pm.  In addition to being a Professor in the History Department at UCLA, Professor Myers is the director of the Center of Jewish Studies at UCLA.  He has authored numerous books, including ‘Re-inventing the Jewish Past’ (Oxford, 1995), ‘Resisting History: The Crisis of Historicism in German-Jewish Thought’ (Princeton, 2003), and ‘Between Jew and Arab: The Lost Voice of Simon Rawidowicz’ (Brandeis, 2008). Myers has also edited or co-edited six books, including the recent ‘Acculturation and its Discontents: The Italian Jewish Experience between Exclusion and Integration’ (Toronto, 2008). At present, he is engaged in two major research projects: a book tentatively titled “Is there a Jewish Nation?: Reflections on the State of Jewish Collectivity;” and together with Nomi Stolzenberg, a book-length project on the Satmar Hasidic community of Kiryas Joel, New York.

The lecture will focus on early Jewish reflections on the Palestinian refugee problem by recovering the lost voice of Simon Rawidowicz (1897-1957). Rawidowicz was a wide-ranging Jewish scholar best known for his distinctive view of Jewish nationalism. In the early 1950s, Rawidowicz came to believe that the age-old Jewish Question had been transformed by the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. Once a national minority themselves, Jews now had to deal with an Arab national minority in their midst. Rawidowicz further believed that it was a matter of urgent political and moral necessity for the State of Israel to arrive at a just and equitable solution to the Palestinian refugee problem.

This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by UW Center for Jewish Studies.