The Felix Posen Bibliographic Project on Antisemitism


Soon after the founding of the Center, the bibliography on antisemitism became one of its major ongoing research projects. The purpose was to create a reference bibliography for scholars and students engaged in research on antisemitism. Today, after almost fifteen years of listing and annotating works on antisemitism, the bibliography can truly be called an essential guide. The comprehensive, detailed subject and author indexes, and the table of contents allow access to the material in a variety of ways.

The Felix Posen Bibliographic Project on Antisemitism comprises an online database accessible through Israel’s university library network (ALEPH), and printed volumes.

The bibliography includes works published throughout the world about antisemitism—books, dissertations, masters’ theses, and articles from periodicals and collections. It does not include newspaper articles, reviews, and works of fiction, nor does it cover antisemitic publications.

The project has two parts:

  1. the ongoing annotated bibliography (1984 to the present)
  1. the retrospective bibliography listing books and articles published prior to 1984 (presently includes works published from 1970–1983).
The long-term goal is to compile a comprehensive listing of all extant works written about antisemitism.

For the purpose of this bibliography, antisemitism is defined as antagonism toward Jews and Judaism as expressed in writings (e.g., the New Testament, polemical works, literature), in the visual arts (e.g., art, caricatures, films), and in action (e.g., pogroms, blood libel accusations, discriminatory legislation, the Holocaust).

The references are divided into three sections:

Bibliographies and Reference Works

Antisemitism throughout the Ages

Antisemitism in Literature and the Arts

The listings are compiled mainly from the holdings of the Jewish National and University Library in Jerusalem. The works listed come from a diverse range of disciplines — history, psychology, sociology, anthropology, literature, and art.

A staff of academic abstractors continually catalogs new material. Two additional staff members retrieve information in response to requests received from around the world, in addition to assisting faculty, students, and researchers at the Hebrew University. Bibliographies on specific subjects — for workshops, conferences and study groups — are retrieved on request.

There is also a database on “The ‘Jewish Question’ in German-Speaking Countries, 1848–1914” of approximately 4,500 references. This database is currently being expanded to cover events up to 1933.


Online Access to the Bibliographies

The above databases are accessible through Israel’s university library network (ALEPH), and can be reached from all over the world via Telnet and Internet.

To gain access to the Bibliography on Antisemitism databases Telnet to:


The username is SICSA. No password is required. Instructions for searching are on the screen.

The online bibliography can also be reached via the Center’s home page on the Internet:

Publications of the Felix Posen Bibliographic Project

Susan Sarah Cohen, ed., Antisemitism: An Annotated Bibliography, Vols. 1-12 (1984–96).  Munich: K. G. Saur Verlag

Rena R. Auerbach, ed., The “Jewish Question” in German-Speaking Countries, 1849–1914. New York: Garland, 1994. xxv + 385 pp. ISBN 0-8153-0812-4. Outstanding Academic Book, 1995, CHOICE Reviews of Academic Books


 Ordering the Bibliographies

The series Antisemitism: An Annotated Bibliography is published by K. G. Saur Verlag, Munich, including reprints of the first three volumes. For further information please contact:

Ms. Barbara Fischer, Editorial Dept.
K. G. Saur Verlag GmbH & Co. KG
Ortlerstr. 8
D-81373 Munich, GERMANY
FAX 49 89 76 902 350

You may order directly from the Saur website: 


Recent Publications in the Studies in Antisemitism Series

Harwood Academic Publishers

Robert S. Wistrich, Editor

Demonizing the Other: Antisemitism, Racism, and Xenophobia

Chur, Switzerland: Harwood Academic Publishers

ISBN 90-5702-497-7

At the close of the twentieth century, the stereotyping and demonization of “others,” whether on religious, nationalist, racist, or political grounds, has become a burning issue. Yet comparatively little attention has been paid to how and why we fabricate images of the “other” as an enemy or “demon” to be destroyed. This innovative book fills that gap through an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural approach that brings together a distinguished array of historians, anthropologists, psychologists, literary critics, and feminists.

The historical sweep covers Greco-Roman antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the modern era. Antisemitism receives special attention because of its longevity and its centrality to the Holocaust, but it is analyzed here within the much broader framework of racism and xenophobia. The plurality of viewpoints expressed in this volume provide fascinating insights into what is common and what is unique to the many varieties of prejudice, stereotyping, demonization, and hatred.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: The Devil, the Jews, and Hatred of the “Other” Robert S. Wistrich

Demonizing the “Other” Harumi Befu

Why Do Stereotypes Stick? Yaacov Schul and Henri Zukier

The Demonization of the “Other” in the Visual Arts Ziva Amishai-Maisels

Antisemitism and Other –isms in the Greco-Roman World Daniel R. Schwartz

Jews and Christians in the Middle Ages: Shared Myths, Common Language Israel J. Yuval

Jews and Christians in Medieval Muslim Thought Hava Lazarus-Yafeh

The Transformation of Hatred: Antisemitism as a Struggle for Group Identity Henri Zukier

The Borrowed Identity: Neo-Pagan Reactions to the Jewish Roots of Christianity Shmuel Almog

Exploring the Other: The Enlightenment’s Search for the Boundaries of Humanity Shulamit Volkov

Otherness and Difference: The Perspective of Gender Theory Yael S. Feldman

Recurrent Images in French Antisemitism in the Third Republic Richard I. Cohen

The Critique of Judaism in Modern European Thought: Genuine Factors and Demonic Perceptions Otto D. Kulka

“Europe’s Inner Demons”: The “Other” as Threat in Early Twentieth-Century European Culture Saul Friedländer

Nazi Antisemitism: Animalization and Demonization Philippe Burrin

When the Demon Itself Complains of Being Demonized Simon Epstein

“All Poets Are Yids”: The Voice of the “Other” in Paul Celan John Felstiner

The Popular Image of the Jew in Modern Poland Yisrael Gutman

Mass Death under Communist Rule and the Limits of “Otherness” Steven T. Katz

The Flourishing Demon: Japan in the Role of the Jews? Ben-Ami Shillony

Anti-Jewish Imagery in the Contemporary Arab-Muslim World Rivka Yadlin

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion: New Uses of an Old Myth Dina Porat

The Motivations and Impact of Contemporary Holocaust Denial in Germany Wolfgang Benz

Xenophobia and Antisemitism in the New Europe: The Case of Germany Robert S. Wistrich

Richard H. Weisberg

Vichy Law and the Holocaust in France

Chur, Switzerland: Harwood Academic Publishers, and

New York: New York University Press, 1996

ISBN 3-7186-5892-5 

William Korey

Russian Antisemitism, Pamyat, and the Demonology of Zionism

Chur, Switzerland: Harwood Academic Publishers,

ISBN 3-7186-5740-6 (hardcover) ISBN 3-7186-5742-2 (softcover) 

Ronald Modras

The Catholic Church and Antisemitism: Poland, 1933–1939

Chur, Switzerland: Harwood Academic Publishers, 1994.

ISBN 3-7186-5568-3. College Theology Society Best Book Award, 1994

Harwood publications may be ordered directly from their website:


Studies in Antisemitism Series

Robert Everett, Christianity without Antisemitism: James Parkes and the Jewish Christian Encounter. Oxford: Pergamon, 1993. xiv + 346 pp. ISBN 0-08-041040-5

Deborah Lipstadt, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. New York: Free Press, 1993. ix + 278 pp. ISBN 0-02-919235-8

Ronald Nettler, Past Trials and Present Tribulations: A Muslim Fundamentalist's View of the Jews. Oxford: Pergamon, 1987. 104 pp. ISBN 0-08-0347916

Elisheva Revel-Neher, The Image of the Jew in Byzantine Art. Oxford: Pergamon, 1992. 200 pp. with 100 illustrations, 10 in color. ISBN 0-08-0406556

Frank Stern, The Whitewashing of the Yellow Badge: Antisemitism and Philosemitism in Postwar Germany 1945–1952. Oxford: Pergamon, 1992. xxv + 455 pp. ISBN 0-08-040653X

Leon Volovici, Nationalist Ideology and Antisemitism: The Case of Romanian Intellectuals in the 1930s. Oxford: Pergamon, 1991. xi + 213 pp. ISBN 0-08-041-24-3

Studies in Antisemitism: History

Shmuel Almog, Nationalism and Antisemitism in Modern Europe, 1815–1945. Oxford: Pergamon, 1990. xxv + 159 pp. ISBN 0-08-377742 (pb); ISBN 0-08-0372546 (hb)

Joint Project with the Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History and the Historical Society of Israel, Jerusalem

Michel Abitbol, From Crémieux to Pétain: Antisemitism in Colonial Algeria, 1870–1940 (Hebrew). Jerusalem: Shazar, 1988. 188 pp. ISBN 965-205-122-7

Shmuel Almog, Nationalism and Antisemitism in Modern Europe 1815-1945 (Hebrew). Jerusalem: Shazar, 1988. 181 pp. ISBN 965-227-051-2

Nathaniel Katzburg, Antisemitism in Hungary 1867–1944 (Hebrew). Jerusalem: Shazar, 1992. 203 pp. ISBN 965-227-082-2

Rivka Yadlin, Anti-Zionism as Anti-Judaism in Egypt (Hebrew). Jerusalem: Shazar, 1988. 157 pp. ISBN 965-227-050-4

Miriam Yardeni, Huguenots and Jews (Hebrew). Jerusalem: Shazar, 1998, 193 pp. ISBN 965-227-122-5.


SICSA Publications, Jerusalem

Robert S.Wistrich and Sergio DellaPergola, eds.

Fascist Antisemitism and the Italian Jews

Jerusalem: Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism

and Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, 1995, $10.00

Papers collected here were originally presented at a symposium on Fifty Years after the Racial Laws in Italy, held in Jerusalem. Contains a preface by Sergio DellaPergola. Papers include: Robert S. Wistrich, “Fascism and the Jews of Italy”; Mario Sznajder, “The Fascist Regime, Antisemitism, and the Racial Laws in Italy”; Simonetta Della Seta, “Italian Zionism Confronts Fascism and the Racial Laws”; and Meir Michaelis, “The Current Debate over Fascist Racial Policy.”

Yehuda Bauer, ed.

The Danger of Antisemitism in Central and Eastern Europe in the Wake of 1989–1990

Jerusalem. Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism. 1991, $10.00.


SICSA Publications and the ACTA series can be ordered directly from the Center offices. Individual copies of the ACTA occasional papers are free upon request.


Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus
91905 Jerusalem ISRAEL

Telephone: 972-2-588-1003; FAX: 972-2-588-1002

ACTA   Analysis of Current Trends in Antisemitism

This unit analyzes local and national changes, as well as regional influences on public opinion, the arts, the mass media, and ideological and political movements. The unit compares trends worldwide, pinpointing serious potential threats.

ACTA is engaged in accumulating data on current antisemitism. Analyses are published as a series of occasional papers. The following titles appeared in 1993–1999:


1. Barry Rubin: The PLO between Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism, Background and Recent Developments. 1993. [out of print]

2. Simon Epstein: Cyclical Patterns in Antisemitism: The Dynamics of Anti-Jewish Violence in Western Countries since the 1950s. 1993.

3. Theodore H. Friedgut: Antisemitism and Its Opponents in the Russian Press: From Perestroika until the Present. 1994.

4. Herta Herzog: The Jews as ‘Others’: On Communicative Aspects of Antisemitism. 1994.

5. Leon Volovici: Antisemitism in Post-Communist Eastern Europe: A Marginal or Central Issue? 1994.

6. Tali Tadmor-Shimony: Antisemitism on the Information Superhighway: A Case Study of a UseNet Discussion Group. 1995.

7. Daniel Perdurant: Antisemitism in Con- temporary Greek Society. 1995.

8. Simon Epstein: Extreme Right Electoral Upsurges in Western Europe: The 1984–1995 Wave as Compared with the Previous Ones. 1996.

9. Gilad Margalit: Antigypsyism in the Political Culture of the Federal Republic of Germany: A Parallel with Antisemitism? 1996.

10. Shlomit Levy: Israeli Perceptions of Antisemitism. 1996

11. Rotem Kowner: On Ignorance, Respect and Suspicion: Current Japanese Attitudes towards Jews. 1997.

12. Laslo Sekelj, Antisemitism and Jewish Identity in Serbia after the 1991 Collapse of the Yugoslav State. 1998.

13. Victor A. Shnirelman, Russian Neo-Pagan Myths and Antisemitism. 1998.

14. Liudmilla Dymerskaya-Tsigelman and Leonid Fineberg, Antisemitism of the Ukrainian Radical Nationalists: Ideology and Policy. 1999.

15. José L. Rodríguez-Jiménez, Antisemitism and the Extreme Right in Spain. 1999. [out of print]

16. András Kovács, Antisemitism in Hungary Today. 1999.


Research proposals for the ACTA series may be submitted to the ACTA staff.

The information and documentation service of ACTA enables researchers and students to easily access articles, reports, surveys, and specialized journals that deal with current antisemitism. Advice and assistance is provided by the ACTA staff. Inquiries are welcome.


Sara Grosvald




The following new research projects were approved by the Academic Committee:
  • Theorizing Antisemitism: Confronting Modernity and Modern Judeophobia
  • Dr. Jonathan Judaken, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee

    The research will examine the categories that have constituted how antisemitism has been understood and opposed by some of its major theorists. The development of the conceptual category of “anti-antisemitism” as fruitful for the understanding of the history of antisemitism is one goal of the project. Drawing on the critical strategies of those theorists, it reconsiders the work of Jean-Paul Sartre, Hannah Arendt, the Frankfurt School (focusing on Erich Fromm, the collective work in The Authoritarian Personality and Horkheimer and Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment), Talcott Parsons’ essays on the sociology of antisemitism, and the more recent efforts by thinkers associated with “postmodernism,” especially Jean-François Lyotard. It is a critical reading of their work in order to reconstruct genealogically some of the central concepts that structure how scholars and the public more generally have come to think about antisemitism after the Holocaust.

  • From Prejudice to Destruction: Antisemitism in Lithuania at the End of the Nineteenth Century and during the First Half of the Twentieth Century
  • Dr. Vygantas Vareikis, University of Klaipéda, Lithuania

    This study will analyze anti-Jewish stereotypes and the growth of antisemitism in modern Lithuania on the basis of historical and literary sources and folklore. Utilizing nineteenth-century records, the Aušra and Varpas journals, the memoirs of Lithuanian politicians and intellectuals, and collections of folklore, the penetration of antisemitism into society will be explored. Another aim is to present the background and to explain the participation of many Lithuanians in the implementation of the “Final Solution.”

  • Anti-Jewish Pogroms in Ukraine in October 1905
  • Dr. Victoria Khiterer, Hebrew University

    During October 1905, hundreds of pogroms took place in cities, towns, and villages in the Ukraine. The research will investigate the political nature of these pogroms and the involvement of the authorities. The Russian political context will be analyzed, as well as the attitude of local and central authorities, the social structure of the victims, forms of Jewish self-defense, including the reactions to the pogroms as manifested by various groups in Russian and Ukrainian society.

  • The Effects of the Anti-Jewish Legislation on Hungarian Society 1938–1944
  • Dr. János Pelle, Budapest

    This study will look at the attitudes of various social groups — professional organizations, churches, “ordinary people” — to the official discrimination against the Jews during the Holocaust period. Changes in the Hungarian collective consciousness under the influence of antisemitic propaganda by the press and by representatives of Christian Churches, especially the Catholic Jesuit and Franciscan orders, will be analyzed. In addition, the reactions of the Churches’ leadership when faced with the racial laws and with increased requests by Jews to be baptized will be addressed.

  • Antisemitism and the Ethnic Conflicts in Yugoslavia (pilot project)
  • Prof. Laslo Sekelj, Institute of European Studies, Belgrade

    The research will give a comprehensive sociological and historical description of the various forms of antisemitism in Yugoslavia during the periods of state-building (1900–1919), national conflict (1919–1941), during the Second World War and the Holocaust, as well as during the recent period of state self-destruction (1986–1991), and civil war (1991–1995). The examination of different antisemitic aspects will be linked to the main historical and political processes which took place in Yugoslavia and to ethnic tensions and conflicts.

  • Research Projects in Progress
  • Dr. Olaf Blaschke, Jews and Catholics in the German Empire

    Dr. Jacob Borut, Antisemitism in Jewish Everyday Life in the Weimar Republic

    Prof. Benjamin Braude, The Image of the Jew in the Literature of Eastern Travel, 1350–1650

    Prof. Oleg Budnitskii, Russian Jews between the Reds and the Whites: Jews and the Anti-Bolshevik Movement.

    Dr. Patrick Anthony Cavaliere, Antisemitism in Fascist Italy: The Intellectual Origins of the Racial Laws of 1938

    Dr. Daniel Gutwein, Antisemitism in England 1882–1914: Economic and Political Factors

    Dr. Brian Horowitz, Russian-Jewish Interaction, 1880–1913: Cultural Cooperation in an Epoch of Antisemitism

    Prof. Melinda Jones, The Role of Law in Overcoming Antisemitism in Australia

    Prof. Judith Kornblatt, Russian Jewish- Christians: Between Antisemitism and Identity

    Dr. Anthony Kauders, Democracy and Antisemitism in Munich, 1945–1965

    Dr. Alan T. Levenson, German Philosemitism before Hitler

    Dr. Avigdor Löwenheim, Antisemitic Violence in Hungary during the Period of Political Radicalization and the “White Terror” (1919)

    Andrei Oisteanu, The Image of the Jew in Romanian Traditional Culture

    Dr. José L. Rodríguez Jiménez, Extreme Right, Xenophobia, and Antisemitism in Spain (1931–1982): The Political Use of the “Conspiracy Theory.”

    Dr. Nora Strejilevich, The Construction of Antisemitic Discourse in Contemporary Argentina: 1974–1994

    Dr. Anna Szalai, Jewish Characters in Hungarian Literature of the Nineteenth Century

    Dr. Leon Volovici (Project Coordinator) Antisemitism in Public Discourse in Post- Communist Eastern European Societies, with Dr. András Kovács, Prof. Wolf Moskovich, Dr. Gheorge Voicu, and Dr. Paul Zawadski

    Research Completed

    Prof. Cesare De Michelis, The Non-Existent Manuscript: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, A Twentieth-Century Apocryphal

    Dr. Nissim Kazaz, Arab Nationalism and the Attitude toward Jews in Modern Iraq

    Dr. Vadim Rossman, Russian Intellectual Antisemitism in the Post-Communist Era

    Dr. Victor Shnirelman, The Myth of the Khazars and Intellectual Antisemitism in Russia, 1970s–1990s

    Felix Posen Ph.D. Fellowships

    Nimrod Amzalak, Hebrew University, Student Culture and Fascist Discourse during the Third Republic in France

    Florent Brayard, Centre Marc Bloch, Germany, Gerstein’s Report: Production, Interpretation, Reception, 1942–1997

    Agnieszka Friedrich, University of Gdansk, Poland, Boles?aw Prus’s Attitude to the “Jewish Question”

    Dana E. Katz, University of Urbana- Champaign, USA, Between Privilege and Perfidy: Portraying the Jew in Fifteenth-century North Italian Painting

    Joanna Michlic, University College London, The Myth of the Jew as Threatening the Other: Polish Nationalism and Society in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

    Iael Orvieto, Hebrew University, From Discrimination to Persecution: Italian Jews in Crisis: 1938–1943

    Second Year

    Albert Kaganovich, Hebrew University, The Attitude of the Czarist Administration to the Bukharan Jews, 1868–1917



    The Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism congratulates the following scholars, who received Felix Posen Fellowships in previous years, and have now been awarded their doctoral degrees:

    Meir Amor, University of Toronto, “Violent Ethnocentrism: A Comparative Analysis of Pariah-hood”

    Shaul Baumann, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, “The German Faith Movement and Its Founder, Jacob Wilhelm Hauer”

    Till van Rahden, University of Bielefeld, “Jews as Established Outsiders? Jewish-Gentile Relations in Breslau, 1870–1918”

    Judith Kalik, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, “The Catholic Church and the Jews in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the Seventeenth–Eighteenth Centuries”


    Publications resulting from research funded by the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism

    Cesare G. De Michelis, Il manoscritto inesistente: I “Protocolli dei savi di Sion” un apocrifo del XX secolo. Venice: Marsilio, 1998.


    Research Seminars

    (October 1998–July 1999)

    Shaul Baumann, “‘The Black Sun’: Occultism, Religious Consolidation, and Antisemitism in Nazi Germany” (16 November 1998)

    Silvia Cresti, “German Nationalism and Jewish Identity: The Perception of Antisemitism in Jewish Periodicals during the Weimar Republic” (21 December 1998)

    Wolf Moskovich “The Rhetoric of Post- CommunistRussian Nationalism” (15 February 1999)

    Marc-Olivier Baruch, “The Civil Service and the Anti-Jewish Legislation in Vichy France” (15 March 1999)

    Joanna Michlic, “The Jew as the Threatening ‘Other’ in Polish Political Discourse during the Second World War” (19 April 1999)

    Victor Shnirelman, “‘Aryans’ and ‘Khazars’: Historiosophic Myths of Contemporary Russian Antisemites” (24 May 1999)

    Prof. Laslo Sekelj, “Past and Present Yugoslavia: Jews, Antisemitism, and Ethnic Conflicts” (5 June 1999)


     Other Items:
    13 January 1999, at the Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem
    The discussants were Shmuel Almog, Dina Porat, Lucien Lazare, and Simcha Epstein.

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