The Dynamics of Antisemitism in the Second Half of the 20th Century
13–16 June 1999
The Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism will convene an international conference to be held 13–16 June 1999 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, on the Dynamics of Antisemitism in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century.
The conference theme will be deliberated in an interdisciplinary context, within the historical framework leading from the end of World War II to the present. Although national and regional factors will be taken into account, it is the conference’s aim to generate debate on concepts and methodology: to lay a pattern rather than present surveys on the development of antisemitism in various countries.
Can antisemitism be measured? Can antisemitism be fought? These two issues will be addressed in connection with developments in Western Europe and the United States, along with the possible link between antisemitism and racism against other groups. Antisemitism in Eastern Europe can be examined in the context of Communism and post-Communism and their historical roots.
The study of Jewish and Israeli perceptions of antisemitism touches on the objective role of the Jewish State. The denial of the Holocaust in all its forms in mitigating or fanning antisemitism will also retain our attention. The role of religious antisemitism during this period will also be considered. In this framework trends in the research of antisemitism will be evaluated.
Along with well-known Israeli scholars, expected participants from abroad will be Per Ahlmark, Prof. Yaakov Ariel, Prof. Wolfgang Benz, Florent Brayard, Prof. Irwin Cotler, Prof. Leonard Dinnerstein, Dr. Rainer Erb, Prof. Sander Gilman, Dr. Andras Kovacs, Prof. Tony Kushner, Anthony Lerman, Prof. Richard Mitten, Prof. David Weinberg, Dr. Paul Zawadzki.
The “Jewish Question” and
Political, Social, and Cultural Radicalization
in the 1920s and 1930s
The workshop, inaugurated in 1997, continued in this academic year with the following topics:
January 18, 1998
“Antisemitism and Totalitarianism — A Reassessment: The Case of Hannah Arendt”
Presenter: Robert Wistrich
March 15, þ1998
“Italian Fascism and Antisemitism”
Presenter: Meir Michaelis; Respondent: Mario Sznajder
May 3, 1998
“Fascism and Antisemitism in the 1930s: Examples from Belgium and France”
Presenter: Simcha Epstein
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 excellent, 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:
the retrospective bibliography listing books and articles published prior to 1984 (presently includes works published from 1970–1983).
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 actions (e.g., massacres and pogroms, discriminatory legislation, the Holocaust).
The references are divided into three sections:
Antisemitism throughout the Ages
Antisemitism in Literature
and in the Arts.
A staff of abstractors, with high academic qualifications, continually catalogs new material. Two additional staff members deal with information retrieval in response to hundreds of requests received from around the world. In addition, assistance is rendered to faculty, students, and researchers at the Hebrew University. Bibliographies on specific subjects — for workshops, conferences and study groups — are retrieved on request.
In addition, there is a database on “‘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.
This year, SICSA received
an allocation from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims toward the
establishment of a separate bibliographic database on the Holocaust. The
database is now in the process of being set up.
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:
Susan Sarah Cohen, ed., Antisemitism: An Annotated Bibliography, Vol. 1 (1984–85). New York: Garland, 1987. xxix +392 pp. ISBN 0-8240-8532-9
———. Antisemitism: An Annotated Bibliography, Vol. 2 (1986–87). New York: Garland, 1991. xxxiv + 559pp. ISBN 0-8240-5846-1
———. Antisemitism: An Annotated Bibliography, Vol. 3 (1987–88). New York: Garland, 1994. xxxiv + 544 pp. ISBN 0-8153-1282-2 1994.
———. Antisemitism: An Annotated Bibliography, Vol. 7–9 (1991–1993). Munich: K.G. Saur Verlag, 1998.
———. Antisemitism: An Annotated Bibliography, Vols. 10–11(1994–1995). Munich: K.G. Saur Verlag (in preparation).
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
The series Antisemitism: An Annotated Bibliography is presently published by K. G. Saur Verlag, Munich. For further information please contact:
Ms. Barbara Fischer
Rena R. Auerbach: The “Jewish Question” in German-Speaking Countries: A Bibliography may be ordered directly from:
Recent Publications in the Studies in Antisemitism Series
Harwood Academic Publishers
Robert S. Wistrich, ed.
Demonizing the Other: Antisemitism, Racism, and Xenophobia
(1999, in press)
This pioneering volume is the first attempt to provide a comprehensive, full-scale portrait of the “demonization of the other” in various societies, times, and places during the past two thousand years. It is a bold and wide-ranging inter-disciplinary study, which brings together the work of leading historians of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times, psychologists, anthropologists, sociologists, art historians, literary c, and political scientists. Demonizing the Other breaks new ground in its comparative perspective on the dynamics of satanization — as it has affected Jews, Christians, Muslims, women, foreigners, ethnic minorities, Orientals, and the marginalized outsiders perceived as a “threat” by the dominant culture and discourse of societies in crisis.
Antisemitism, racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and other prejudices are analyzed in this book as part of the universal human tendency to develop exclusionary and self-reinforcing stereotypes about the “other” which under certain conditions can and do slide into paranoid self-delusion and even genocidal massacres.
The essays in this book help provide a key to understanding what has been one of the deadliest plagues of the twentieth century — the explosive combination of racist fanaticism, religion, bigotry, conspiracy theory, and the fear of what is alien and different.
Richard H. Weisberg
Vichy Law and the Holocaust in France
Chur, Switzerland: Harwood Academic Publishers, and New York: New York University Press, 1996
A comprehensive and devastating account of the French legal system’s complicity with its German occupiers during the dark period known as “Vichy.” The book raises fundamental and disturbing questions about the ease with which democratic legal systems can be subverted.
Russian Antisemitism, Pamyat, and the Demonology of Zionism
Chur, Switzerland: Harwood Academic Publishers, 1995
ISBN 3-7186-5740-6 (hardcover) ISBN 3-7186-5742 (softcover)
Examines the emergence of the nationalistic “Pamyat” groups in Russia, whose fostering of anti-Jewish hatred continues to cause concern among Jews and the general community.
The Catholic Church and Antisemitism, Poland, 1933–1939
Chur, Switzerland: Harwood Academic Publishers, 1994
Pergamon Press, Oxford
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)
Studies in Antisemitism
Shmuel Almog, ed., Antisemitism Through the Ages. Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1988. xi+419 pp. ISBN 0-08-034792-4 (hb); ISBN 0-08-035850-0 (pb)
Robert Everett, Christianity without Antisemitism: James Parkes and the Jewish Christian Encounter. Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1993. xiv+346 pp. ISBN 0-08-041040-5
Ronald Nettler, Past Trials and Present Tribulations: A Muslim Fundamentalist’s View of the Jews. Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1987. 104 pp. ISBN 0-08-0347916
Elisheva Revel-Neher, The Image of the Jew in Byzantine Art. Oxford: Pergamon, 1992. 200pp with 100 illus., 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
Rivka Yadlin, An Arrogant, Oppressive Spirit: Anti-Zionism as Anti-Judaism in Egypt. Oxford: Pergamon, 1989. x+135 pp. ISBN 0-08-034973-0.
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
Free Press, New York
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
SICSA Publications, Jerusalem
Yehuda Bauer, ed. The Danger of Antisemitism in Central and Eastern Europe in the Wake of 1989–1990. Jerusalem: SICSA, 1991 107 pp.
Robert S. Wistrich and Sergio DellaPegola, 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. 97 pp.
SICSA Publications, Jerusalem, can be ordered directly from the Center offices.
Vidal Sassoon International
Center for the Study of Antisemitism
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus
91905 Jerusalem ISRAEL
Telephone: 972-2-5882494; Fax: 972-2-5881002
Increased Accessibility to SICSA Research
In 1996, SICSA was invited to participate as an information source in Current Issues SourceFile, a full text CDROM library reference service for college students around the world, developed by CIS (Congressional Information Service), a leading publisher of electronic databases and reference books for the library market. A unique source of pro and con on today’s issues, it includes the full text of publications central to debates on today's issues but difficult for libraries and the public to obtain.
Inclusion in Current Issues SourceFile enables the Center to present its viewpoints on issues to a potential audience of thousands of students in academic libraries. It increases the visibility of the Center in academic libraries around the world. To date we have submitted ACTA occasional papers and selected conference proceedings.
How the material is used:
SourceFile is organized by broad topics, gradually broken down into more narrow topics and ultimately into research questions. The questions are then answered by unchanged material from sources like the center. Below are three examples of how our material would be accessed.
Answer: Antisemitism On The Information Superhighway: A Case Study Of A UseNet Discussion Group
EUROPE: Europe: Is right-wing extremism a threat?
Answer: Extreme Right Electoral Upsurges In Western Europe: The 1984-1995 Wave As Compared With The Previous Ones (Analysis Of Current Trends In Antisemitism, 1996)
BIAS AND PREJUDICE: Antisemitism: Is it increasing?
Section from On Ignorance, Respect and Suspicion: Current Japanese Attitudes
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In June of 1998 we granted Greenhaven Press, a small educational publisher of supplementary texts for high school and college students, permission to use full text material and list our Center as a reference source in an upcoming book of supplementary texts dealing with antisemitism.
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