On February 11, 2013, Dr. Semion Goldin conducted the public lecture - "Historical Memory in Israel" - in the Center for Urban History’s conference room.
The issues of the formation of a national historical memory and the so-called "politics of memory" have been subjects of a lively debate in post-communist Eastern Europe. The modern state of Israel, established in 1948, continues to grapple with the challenges of constructing its own historical narrative and that narrative’s broader public perception.
Dr. Goldin’s lecture focused on the difficulties of "assimilating" the Jewish people’s historical record of tragedy – from antiquity through the Holocaust – into the national historical memory of modern Israel.
Semion Goldin earned a PhD in Philosophy, cum laude, at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2005. His graduate dissertation examined Russian Jewry under Tsarist Rule, circa 1914-1917. Dr. Goldin lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the University of Haifa. He is the author of numerous treatments of XXth century Russian Jewish history.