In August 2017, the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville was virulently anti-Semitic and racist with chants of “Jews will not replace us,” “Blood and Soil,” and “White Lives Matter.” Historian Phyllis Leffler explores the meaning of August 11-12, 2017 for Jews in Charlottesville and beyond. How is it that a rally that was directed to the removal of Confederate statues could become so anti-semitic in its rhetoric, symbols, and dress? What is the connection between the two? In her talk, she explains how the history and values embedded in American history and The University of Virginia did or did not impact the values of rally participants. She also looks back in time to earlier experiences of Jews in Charlottesville to describe their experiences.
This event is free and open to the public. "Third Fridays" is a series of free, public lectures offered by the Charlottesville Center for History and Culture on the third Friday of each month (September through May, except December), at 7pm. All events in this series take place at CitySpace on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall. No tickets or reservations are required. Please plan to arrive early as seating is limited.