Perrine Simon-Nahum: Jews in France today
Part of Dialogues on Jewish Present and Past (with audio recording)
In recent years, the situation of Jews in France has undergone fundamental transformations. What was considered as French Jewish history, shaped by the Dreyfus Affair and the Shoah, has diminished in importance. At the same time, Jewish communities are confronted with an increasing number of anti-Semitic outbreaks. However, French Judaism and its relevancy in French society have become even more vital, rather than declining in meaning. Today, Jewish life and the State of Israel are considered to be especially important in French culture and politics.
Perrine Simon-Nahum is an historian at the Centre de recherches historiques of the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHSS). Her research interests are contemporary history, intellectual history and Jewish history in France. She published, among others, La cité investée: La science du judaïsme français et la République (Paris 1992) and edited two volumes of Archives Juives (2004/05) dedicated to Jewish intellectuals. Her essay on Raymond Aron: Essai sur la condition juive contemporaine appeared in 2007.
Hans-Joachim Neubauer is culture editor of the "Rheinische Merkur" in Berlin and honorary professor at the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen "Konrad Wolf" in Potsdam-Babelsberg. As scholar of Comparative Literature he has published, among others, Judenfiguren: Drama und Theater im frühen 19. Jahrhundert (1994; awarded with the Joachim Tiburtius-Preis) and Fama: Eine Geschichte des Gerüchts (1998, New Edition 2009, translated into six languages).
In cooperation with Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin.
29 November 2010