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Germany and Israel: A Story of Guilt and an Unlikely Friendship

Anette Isaacs
Jewish Culture & History / History

Course Description

It has been almost 55 years since Germany and Israel reluctantly entered into diplomatic relations in the spring of 1965. What at first glance seems to be a rather unlikely relationship, especially in light of the shared history, has evolved, over time, into a blossoming friendship and successful economic bond. In order for this to happen, Germany had to face its Nazi legacy and subsequent collective guilt. Join German Historian Anette Isaacs, MA as she discusses how her native country has attempted to cope with the guilt of causing the Holocaust and how this painful but necessary process heralded a new era in German-Israeli relations.

About the Instructor

  • Anette Isaacs, MA, born and raised in Germany, received her academic education at Emory University in Atlanta, the University of Vienna, Austria, and the Free University in Berlin and holds master's degrees in History, Political Science and American Studies. She now resides in a suburb of Chicago and teaches at the Lifelong Learning departments of Oakton College, the College of Lake County, Harper College and McHenry County College, where she presents lectures and seminars on more than 30 different topics pertaining to her home country’s history, culture, politics, and society.

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