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‘The Paradox of ‘Jewish Power:’ The Struggle Against Anti-Semitism in Pre-Hitler Germany’

Release date: March 22, 2012

Historian Warren Rosenblum-associate professor at Webster University in St. Louis-will give the talk "The Paradox of 'Jewish Power:' The Struggle Against Anti-Semitism in Pre-Hitler Germany" on Thursday, March 22, at 4 p.m. in Buchner Hall of Goucher College's Alumnae/i House.

Sponsored by Goucher's History and Historic Preservation Department, this event is free and open to the public and does not require tickets. Light refreshments will be served following the talk. For more information, contact Associate Professor of History Robert Beachy at robert.beachy@goucher.edu or 410-337-6466.

Rosenblum's talk will explore the 1926 case of Rudolf Haas, a Jewish industrialist falsely accused of murder during the Weimar Republic, seven years before Hitler's seizure of power. The case is a micro-history of the dynamics of anti-Semitism and the crisis of trust in justice during the so-called "years of relative stability" in Germany.

Rosenblum is a historian of modern Europe, with a focus on justice, social policy, and the history of Jews in Germany. His first book, Beyond the Prison Gates: Punishment and Welfare in Modern Germany, was a study of criminal policy from 1848 through the Nazi seizure of power.

He also has written essays and reviews on comparative punishment, public history, and the history of mental disability.

Rosenblum has been a visiting scholar at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University and the Center for Research into Antisemitism in Berlin. He teaches world history and the history of modern Europe at Webster University, St. Louis, where he also directs the European Studies Program.

He earned a doctorate in history from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.