Friday, November 1, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave., Room 120
In the era of détente between 1965 and 1974, West Germany and Israel moved in almost opposite directions. Bringing new evidence and analysis to the changes in this fraught historical bond, Carole Fink will discuss the transformation of a formerly “special” relationship after diplomatic ties were established in 1965. The Federal Republic, the world’s third largest export economy, launched a series of independent diplomatic initiatives in Europe and the Middle East, while Israel, after its spectacular military victory in June 1967 failed to achieve peace with its Arab neighbors and became increasingly isolated and dependent upon the United States. Yet these two countries remained closely connected by shared security concerns, personal bonds, and the recurrent evocations of the German-Jewish past.