One Hundred Years since the Language War of 1913
This national contest (known in Hebrew as Milhemet HaSafot) pitted the Board of Governors of the Technion, who decided to teach only in German, against members of the Yishuv (pre-state Jewish Community), who refused to accept this decision. The successful opposition, from which Hebrew emerged victorious, helped forge the incipient national identity of the Yishuv. The watershed moment will be marked by a special event at the National Library of Israel on December 25, 2013.
The event will include a retrospective on the Language War, a discussion of the relationship of the historical outcome to the National Library of Israel, and an analysis of the relevance of the Language War to scholarship in Israel today.