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ISRAEL IN DEPTH – The Birth of a Nation: The Diplomatic Backstory of Israel's Establishment

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This season of Israel In Depth is co-sponsored by TLV1's podcast "Tel Aviv Review" and the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies. This episode is co-hosted by Gilad Halpern and Prof. Dov Waxman.

 

Israel in Depth, Episode 17

 Jeffrey Herf, Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Maryland, discusses his new book Israel’s Moment: International Support and Opposition to Establishing the Jewish State, 1945-1949, analyzing how Israeli independence benefited from the changing international landscape in the “twilight” period between the Second World War and the Cold War.

About the Guest

Jeffrey Herf studies the intersection of ideas and politics in modern European history, specializing in twentieth century Germany. He has published extensively on Germany during the Weimar Republic, Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, and on West and East Germany during the Cold War. In November 2009, Yale University Press published his book Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World. It examines the Third Reich's efforts to diffuse its ideology to North Africa and the Middle East during World War II. The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda During World War II and the Holocaust (Harvard, 2006) examined the Nazi regime’s translation of radical anti-Semitism into the conspiracy theory that shaped its public narrative of World War II and its equally public defense of a policy of “exterminating” Europe’s Jews. It received the 2006 National Jewish Book Award for work on the Holocaust. Divided Memory: The Nazi Past in the Two Germanys (Harvard, 1997) traced the varieties of memory and avoidance about the Holocaust offered by West and East German political figures from the 1940s through the 1990s. Reactionary Modernism: Technology, Culture and Politics in Weimar and the Third Reich (Cambridge, 1984), interpreted the simultaneous embrace of modern technology and rejection of liberal modernity by right-wing intellectuals. War By Other Means: Soviet Power, West German Resistance and the Battle of the Euromissiles (Free Press, 1991) was a study of the connection between changing political culture within West Germany and the dispute over nuclear weapons between the Soviet Union and the Western Alliance during the 1980s.

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