Conference Papers

Wistrich RS ed. The Other as Threat: Demonization and Antisemitism, in The "Other" as Threat: Demonization and Antisemitism. Jerusalem: SICSA ; 1995. Publisher's VersionAbstract


The subject of antisemitism was discussed in an interdisciplinary context, within a historical framework ranging from the Hellenistic-Roman period and the emergence of Christianity to the present times. The major part of the proceedings focused on the Modern Era and contemporary aspects.

Antisemitism was not dealt with as a phenomenon per se, but within the conceptual framework of the "other" as a threat and the "demonization" of social groups. In making this choice we were guided by the need to examine what is common, different, and unique in various forms of hostility.

By the "other" as a threat we had in mind primarily the perception of the "other" as an existential threat to the very continuation of the physical, spiritual, cultural, religious or social existence. This is often presented paradoxically as a threat of a minority or underprivileged group to the dominant majority.

In dealing with "demonization", our intention was to examine the gap between genuine factors which lead to antagonism, such as social, economic or political conditions, religious differences or ethnic origin and the demonic perceptions of "danger" (e.g. the threat of domination or destruction). We also explored the origins and development of images and accusations leading to the demonization of specific groups.

The proceedings of the conference are being prepared for publication.


Wistrich RS, DellaPergolla S ed. Fascist Antisemitism and the Italian Jews, in Fifty Years after the Racial Laws in Italy. Jerusalem: SICSA ; 1995 :97.Abstract


  • Papers delivered at a symposium held in Jerusalem on "Fifty Years after the Racial Laws in Italy." Contents: Wistrich, Robert Solomon : Fascism and the Jews of Italy (13-18); Sznajder, Mario : The Fascist Regime, Antisemitism and the Racial Laws in Italy (19-36); Della Seta, Simonetta : Italian Zionism Confronts Fascism and the Racial Laws (37-48); Michaelis, Meir : The Current Debate over Fascist Racial Policy (49-96). SSC


ed. Yehuda Bauer. The Danger of Antisemitism in Central and Eastern Europe in the Wake of 1989-1990, in Jerusalem, October 1990. Jerusalem: SICSA ; 1990 :107.Abstract


  • Papers delivered at a conference in Jerusalem, October 1990. Contents:
  • Kulka, Otto Dov: History and Historical Prognoses (9-11);
  • Bauer, Yehuda: The Danger of Antisemitism in Today's Central Europe (13-24);
  • Benz, Wolfgang: Antisemitism in East and West Germany: Will It Increase after Reunification? (25-33);
  • Stern, Frank: The "Jewish Question" in the "German Question" 1945-1990: Reflections in the Light of November 9th (35- 51);
  • Deak, Istvan: The Danger of Antisemitism in Hungary (53-61);
  • Vago, Raphael: Antisemitism in the New Romania (63-74);
  • Gutman, Yisrael: Polish Antisemitism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Will Things Ever Change? (75-81);
  • Nosenko, Vladimir: The Upsurge of Antisemitism in the Soviet Union in the Years of Perestroika: Background and Causes (83-93);
  • Avineri, Shlomo: The Return to History and Its Consequences for the Jewish Communities in Eastern Europe (95-101);
  • Bauer, Yehuda: In Conclusion (103-106). SSC