Questioning Judaism
Interviews by Elisabeth Weber
Elisabeth Weber Translated by Rachel Bowlby


List of Contributors for

List of Contributors for

Questioning Judaism

Pierre Vidal-Naquet, born in 1930 in Paris, is directeur de recherches at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and researcher at the Centre Louis Gernet de Recherches Comparées sur les Sociétés Anciennes, which is affiliated with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).  He is the author of Assassins of Memory: Essays on the Denial of the Holocaust; The Jews: History, Memory, and the Present; Politics Ancient and Modern; and (with Jean-Pierre Vernant) Myth and Tragedy in Ancient Greece.

Jacques Derrida, born in 1930 in El-Biar, Algeria, is directeur d'études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris; and professor at the University of California, Irvine; at New York University; and at the New School for Social Research.  He is the author of (among others) Archive Fever; Memoirs of the Blind: The Self-Portrait and Other Ruins; On Cosmopolitanism and Forgiveness; Of Spirit: Heidegger and the Question; Aporias; Of Hospitality; Adieu: To Emmanuel Levinas; Points…: Interviews, 1974-1994; and Negotiations: Interventions and Interviews, 1971-2000.

Rita Thalmann, born in 1926 in Nürnberg, Germany, is professor of history at the Université Paris VII, Centre d'Études et de Recherche Germanique.  She is the author of Crystal Night, 9-10 November 1938 and Être femme sous le IIIe Reich, and the editor of Femmes et fascismes.

Emmanuel Levinas, born in 1905 in Kaunas, Lithuania, died in Paris in 1995.  His last position was professor of philosophy at the Université Paris IV, Sorbonne.  He was the author of Totality and Infinity; Otherwise than Being, or Beyond Essence; Alterity and Transcendence; Entre Nous; Thinking-of-the-Other; Difficult Freedom: Essays on Judaism; Nine Talmudic Readings; God, Death, and Time; Of God Who Comes to Mind; Proper Names; and Outside the Subject.

Léon Poliakov, born in 1910 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, is directeur honoraire de recherches at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris.  He is the author of Aryan Myth: A History of Racist and Nationalist Ideas in Europe; Harvest of Hate: Nazi Program for the Destruction of the Jews of Europe; and the five-volume History of Anti-Semitism.

Jean-François Lyotard, born in 1924 in Versailles, died in 1998 in Paris.  Until 1989, he was professor at the Université Paris VIII, Saint Denis-Vincennes.  He also was professor at the University of California, Irvine; at Yale University; and at Emory University.  He was the author of Heidegger and "the jews"; The Hyphen: Between Judaism and Christianity; The Postmodern Condition; The Postmodern Explained; Postmodern Fables; The Differend; The Inhuman; and Lessons on the Analytic of the Sublime.

Luc Rosenzweig, born in 1943 in Villeurbanne, near Lyon, was until 1991 chief of the Bonn bureau of Le Monde.  Afterwards, he was the director of the European culture channel (Chaîne Culturelle Européenne), ARTE, in Strasboug, and until 2001 one of the chief editors of Le Monde.  He is the author of La jeune France juivre; and (with Bernard Cohen) Waldheim.  His most recent book is a book of interviews with the Israeli ambassador to France, Elie Barnavi: La France et Israël: Une affaire passionnelle: De l'affair Dreyfus à nos jours (2002).