Abstracts of Research Projects
Dr. Jean Ancel (Yad Vashem, Jerusalem)
Antisemitism vs. Nationalism, Romania 1942
Dr. Grigory Ostrovsky (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
The Image of the Jew in Ukrainian Painting
The research will focus on popular and professional art, as well as on the frescoes in the Ukrainian churches, between the fourteenth and nineteenth centuries, in order to analyze the representation of the Jews, the use of biblical motifs, and the way anti-Judaic popular or religious stereotypes penetrated Ukrainian art.
Dr. Olaf Blaschke (Universitaet Bielefeld)
Jews & Catholics in the German Empire
Prof. Benjamin Braude (Smith College, Northampton, MA)
The Image of the Jew in the Literature of Eastern Travel, 1350-1650
Prof. Oleg Budnitskii (Russia)
Russian Jews between the Reds and Whites: Jews and Anti-Bolshevik
Dr Patrick Anthony Cavaliere (Canada)
Antisemitism in Fascist Italy: Intellectual Origins of the Racial Laws of 1938
Prof. Cesare G. De Michelis (Italy)
The Non-Existent Manuscript
Antisemitism in Czestochowa 1918-1945
Dr. Simon Epstein (Hebrew University)
Opponents to Antisemitism Who Became Antisemites: French Examples of the 30s
Dr. Daniel Gutwein (Haifa University)
Antisemitism in England 1882-1914: Economic and Political Factors
Modern antisemitism in England began in the period 1914-1917, later than in continental Europe, and was in response to the Marconi Scandal, and the "Jewish money" scandal. The background of Jews and their place in British society, the differences in the definition of antisemitism previous to this period, and the economic and political background will be examined. Antisemitic stereotypes and how they spread, and the response of the Jewish community, are also considered.
Dr. Oded Irshai and Dr. Aryeh Kofsky (Hebrew University)
Jews and Judaism in Early Christian Historiography
Dr. Nissim Kazaz (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
Antisemitism in Modern Iraq
The project will cover the period between the 1930s and the mid-1970s, using primary sources from archives, collections of Iraqi newspapers, as well as interviews with Jews who emigrated to Israel from Iraq. The investigation will focus on the peculiar forms of Arab nationalism and the particular expressions of antisemitism within Iraqi political culture and mentality.
Prof. Andras Kovacs (Eotvoes Lorand University)
Antisemitism in Contemporary Hungary
Dr. Jacob Kovalio (Carleton University, Canada)
Between Idolization and Demonization: The Boom of Jewish Books in Japan
Prof. Meir Michaelis (Hebrew University)
Emancipation and Antisemitism in Italy, 1900-1945
Prof. James R. Mueller (University of Florida)
Anti-Judaism in Early Christian Apochryphal Literature
The project will focus on the relationships between the Early Christian anti-Jewish rhetoric found in the patristic writings and the New Testament Apocrypha, attempting to integrate the apocryphal material into the larger discussion of Early Christian attitudes towards Jews and Judaism.
Prof. David Rokeach (Hebrew University)
Roots of Christian Antisemitism
Prof. William Rubinstein (Deakin University, Australia) and Dr. Rachel Kohn (Sydney University, Australia)
The Australian Church Press and Antisemitism, 1933-1945
Dr. Leonardo Senkman (Hebrew University)
Comparative History of Antisemitism in Two Latin American Countries: Brazil and Argentina, 1890-1980
This study will explore the relationship of the governments of Brazil and Argentina to Jewish immigration. It will examine the reasons for acts against the Jewish immigrants from Morocco to the Amazon in 1901, and in 1923-25. Brazil was a multi-racial society, therefore antisemitism had a clear economic basis. The research will analyze the antisemitism of the liberal Argentinean regime before the nationalism of the 1930s, as well as the Peron regime of 1946-48, and how it was decided who would live in Argentina; Jews faced discrimination because of the preference for those of Latin and Catholic backgrounds.
Dr. Frank Stern (Tel-Aviv University)
The Jewish Question: Legacy and Revival in West German Political Culture
Following reunification in 1990, Germany has faced continued frustration from the slow process of integration of the East German economy, as well as pressures from a continual flow of asylum seekers from troubled areas of the former communist bloc countries. The rapid rise of far Right political parties, as well as the activities of neo-Nazis, are matters of deep concern. In its critical position at the geographical and cultural juncture between Eastern and Western Europe, what happens in Germany will have a major impact on the future of Europe.
Dr. Nora Strejilevich (Southern Oregon State College, Ashland OR)
The Construction of Antisemitic Discourses in Contemporary Argentina: 1974-1994 (Pilot)
A interdisciplinary research on three historical processes under which the antisemitic discourses in Argentina have been constructed: peronist populism, state terrorism, and the democratization under Alfonsin and Menem. The project will focus on antisemitism expressed in political and literary discourses.
Dr. Anna Szalai (Hebrew University)
Jewish Characters Represented by Non-Jewish Writers in Hungarian Literature of the Nineteenth Century
Dr. Angelika Timm (Hebrew Universitymboldt-Universitaet)
The Impact of the Shoah and the Problem of Antisemitism in E. Germany, 1945-1953
The political and cultural roots of antisemitism in East Germany will be examined. On one hand, there is the problem of Nazi antisemitism, and on the other, that of the Soviet authorities. The effects of the Doctors Trial in East Germany will be analyzed. Another topic to be covered is the return of confiscated Jewish property.
Slavomir Tokarski (European University, Institute of Firenze)
Evacuation of Jewish Economics and Political Mobilization of Peasantry: Antisemitism in Galicia 1867-1914
The focus of the research concerns the transmission of the economic conflict between Polish peasantry and rural Jews into the sphere of Political antisemitism in Galicia under Hapsburg rule, from the emancipation of the Jews until the outbreak of World War I. One of the main questions to be challenged is to what degree Galician antisemitism was "imported" from the "Viennese" version of antisemitism.
Dr. Thomas Tucker
Jews and Non-Jews in Hungarian Society, 1988-1991
Joint project: Dr. Leon Volovici (Vidal Sassoon Center, HU) - coordinator
Participants: Dr. Andras Kovacs, Dr. Paul Zawadski, Dr. Gheorge Voicu
Antisemitism in the Public Discourse of Post-Communist Eastern European Societies
The project will include an analysis of the role and place of antisemitic stereotypes in post-Communist Eastern European countries. In the first stage, three sociologists will investigate the semantic evolution of antisemitic cliches and their use in political and ideological confrontations in Hungary (Andras Kovacs), Poland (Paul Zawadzki), and Romania (Gheorge Voicu). In the following year, other case studies will continue, examining Russia, Slovakia, and the Baltic states, and a comparative approach to the subject will be initiated.
Dr. Alina Cala (Jewish Historical Institute in Poland); Dr. Ireneusz Krzeminsky (University. of Warsaw)
Antisemitism in Contemporary Poland
Dr. Gila Fatran
Antisemitism in Slovakia, 1848-1914
A historical and sociological examination of the evolution of Slovak antisemitism in the modern period against the background of the broader interethnic conflicts in the area, the process of capitalist modernization, as well as the peculiar clerical and nationalist expression of anti-Jewish hatred.
Dr. Nili Keren, Gila Zelikovich, and Dr. Yair Oron (Teachers College - Seminar Hakibbutzim)
Concepts and Positions of Junior High School Students Regarding Antisemitism: A Comparative Research (published in Hebrew)
This survey compares the attitudes of Israeli youth, their teachers, and parents with an equivalent group of Canadian Jews and non-Jews. It assesses the content of antisemitism and racism, hatred of strangers, and xenophobia. One important question is the place that perceptions of prejudice have in the self-identity of the Jewish respondents and the differences in perceptions between students and adults.
Dr. Kay Knittel (Seton Hall University, NJ)
Vienna's Antisemitic Legacy: Our Image of Gustav Mahler
The study of early antisemitic reactions to Gustav Mahler (his music and his person) provides an important case study of the pervasive role that antisemitic stereotypes played in the culture of late nineteenth century Vienna.
Dr. Rotem Kowner (Stanford University)
Antisemitism without Jews: Current Perceptions of Jews and Antisemitic Attitudes among Japanese (published as Acta Occasional Paper)
Based on sociological surveys and interviews, aims to examine the structure of the Japanese image of Jews; attitudes toward self and other foreign groups and whether this Jewish image is unique to Japan; the extent to which the exposure to media and antisemitic (or philosemitic) literature affects attitudes toward Jews.
Dr. Tamas Stark
Hungarian Antisemitic Writings between 1948 and 1956
Dr. Shulamith Levy (Gutman Institute, Jerusalem)
Perceptions and Responses of Israeli Jews to Antisemitism (published as Acta Occasional Paper)
Prof. Pavol Mestan
Antisemitism in Slovakia
Dr. Vadim Rossman
Antisemitic Trends in Contemporary Russian Socio-Political Thought (Since Glasnost )