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Hell before the Holocaust: Jewish Communities in the Eastern War Zone, 1914-1918

Dr Alexander Watson

Thu 18 Sep 2014

Time: 6.30pm-8pm

This talk by Dr Alexander Watson will examine the experience of Jewish communities that were caught up in the Eastern War Zone between the Central Powers and the Russian Empire. This talk is the second in a series of three lectures marking the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. 

Watson's latest book is Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary at War, 1914-1918 (London: Allen Lane/ Penguin, 2014).  This new history retells the First World War from the perspectives of its instigators and losers, the German and Austro-Hungarian Empires.  The book explains how these powers fought, suffered in and were changed by the all-embracing warfare of 1914-18.  It explores why ordinary Germans and Austro-Hungarians mobilised, recounts how ‘total war’ radicalised their leaders’ war aims and it shows how hardship, bloodshed and defeat ultimately fragmented their societies, bequeathing a poisonous legacy of impoverishment, political extremism and racial hatred to East-Central Europe.

Admission is free but booking is essential as space is limited.

Location: The Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, London - click for map

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