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Martin Buber and His Indestructible Love for Germany

Martin Buber

Martin Buber (1878-1965) was born in Vienna, grew up in Galicia, and spent the last twenty-seven years of his life in Palestine/Israel, but as in the case of many other central-European Jews, he had a passionate love and admiration of Germanness. Dr. Zohar Maor's lecture will explore some of the key-moments in Buber’s life-long romance with what he considered German character, spirit and culture. Even during the darkest of days Buber never lost his faith in the true German spirit and he hoped that the German Jews would save it and re-plant it in their new homeland, Israel. During this talk Dr. Maor will focus especially on Buber’s theological and sociological account of the Holocaust, as a staggering demonstration of his indestructible love for Germany.

SPEAKER:  DR. ZOHAR MAOR lectures on modern history at Bar-Ilan University and Herzog College (Israel), and he is currently a visiting scholar at the department of History in UCLA. His publications include The Hebrew Biography of Martin Buber (2016), and articles on German-Jewish intellectuals, such as Hans Kohn, Franz Rosenzweig, and Gershom Scholem.