Malachi Haim Hacohen (NHC Fellow, 2003–04)

Project Title

Jacob and Esau, Jewish Emancipation, and the Dilemmas of Multiculturalism

Duke University

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Fellowship Work Summary, 2003–04

Malachi Haim Hacohen worked on two projects. The first, "Jacob and Esau, Jewish Emancipation, and the Dilemmas of Multiculturalism," traces changes in the telling of the biblical story of Jacob and Esau in response to the challenges that emancipation presented to traditional Jewish-Christian relations. Hacohen's research at the Center focused on the changes brought forth by the rise of ethnonationalism. For his second project, "Austria and the Congress for Cultural Freedom," he researched Austria's foremost politico-cultural magazine in the postwar period, Forum, which was clandestinely financed by the CIA. He also prepared a series of lectures to be given at the University of Haifa, Israel (where he is Bucerius Fellow for summer 2004) which will be published in Hebrew as a book, The Rise, Fall and Post-Life of the Central-European Jewish Intelligentsia.