Ralph Nurnberger Lecture Series – Upcoming Events
May 18, 2016
On April 19, 2016, as part of the Smithsonian Associates lecture series, Dr. Nurnberger examined the myth of the “Golem of Prague” which has inspired a number of books, plays and films. The lecture reviewed the Golem stories within the background of European anti-Semitism in the Middle Ages, especially the charges of “blood libel”. The Golem tales inspired many others, including Mary Shelley, who said that these stories influenced her when she wrote Frankenstein. In the 1930’s tales of the Golem were among the factors that influenced two high school students in Cleveland to come up with the comic book character, Superman.
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