Centre for German-Jewish Studies


The Kurt Hellman Memorial Lecture

Monday 8 July 16:00 until 18:00
Conference Centre, Terrace Room Bramber House, University of Sussex, BN1 9QU

Max and Hilde Kochmann Summer School

for PhD Students

in Modern European-Jewish History and Culture

organised by the Centre for German-Jewish Studies, University of Sussex



The Kurt Hellman Memorial Lecture

Monday 8th July 2019 16:00

Conference Centre, Terrace Room Bramber House, University of Sussex, BN1 9QU 

Opening Remarks – Ernest Kochmann

Public Lecture by Professor Shirli Gilbert

South African Jews, the Holocaust, and Apartheid

South Africa’s system of Apartheid (‘apartness’ in Afrikaans) was formalized in 1948, just three years after the end of the Holocaust. For South African Jews, the recent genocide served as powerful currency in the debate about how to relate to local racist practices and ideas. In this talk, Shirli Gilbert will explore the diverse and sometimes unexpected ways in which the history of Jewish persecution, and especially the Holocaust, shaped Jews’ attitudes to racism both during apartheid (1948-1994) and after the transition to democracy.


Shirli Gilbert is Professor of Modern History at the University of Southampton, UK. She obtained her D.Phil. at the University of Oxford and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan. Her publications include Music in the Holocaust (2005), From Things Lost: Forgotten Letters and the Legacy of the Holocaust (2017), and, with Avril Alba, Holocaust Memory and Racism in the Postwar World (forthcoming).


The public lecture will be followed by a reception 

RSVP: d.franklin@sussex.ac.uk


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