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"A Perfect Storm. Antisemitism in South Africa 1930 – 1948" with Milton Shain

Milton Shain is Professor Emeritus of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town and the former Director of the Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research. He has written and edited several books, including The Roots of Antisemitism in South Africa (University Press of Virginia, 1994). Most recently he co-edited with Christopher Browning, Michael Marrus and Susannah Heschel, Holocaust Scholarship. Personal Trajectories and Professional Interpretations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa.
Milton Shain will explore the growth of the radical right in South Africa in the 1930s and 1940s and reflect upon the contingencies that enabled the 'Jewish Question' to move from the margins to the centre of South African political discourse. He will argue that a 'Perfect Storm' built up during these decades, resulting in legislation to stop the influx of German-Jewish refugees in 1937 and calls from the mainstream opposition National Party to introduce quotas on Jewish business and professional activity. All this took place within the context of a massive 'Poor White' problem and the emergence of volkisch Afrikaner nationalism. Shain will also discuss the famous ‘Greyshirt Trial’ of 1934 which was the first case in which a court ruled that the Protocols of the Elders of Zion was a concocted forgery.



Thursday, April 7, 2016. 12:00 PM


Building 360, CCSRE Conference Room


Taube Center for Jewish Studies