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9780805243376

Antisemitism

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  • ISBN13:

    9780805243376

  • ISBN10:

    0805243372

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2019-02-05
  • Publisher: Schocken

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***2019 NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD WINNER—Jew­ish Edu­ca­tion and Iden­ti­ty Award***

The award-winning author of The Eichmann Trial and Denial: Holocaust History on Trial gives us a penetrating and provocative analysis of the hate that will not die, focusing on its current, virulent incarnations on both the political right and left: from white supremacist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, to mainstream enablers of antisemitism such as Donald Trump and Jeremy Corbyn, to a gay pride march in Chicago that expelled a group of women for carrying a Star of David banner.


Over the last decade there has been a noticeable uptick in antisemitic rhetoric and incidents by left-wing groups targeting Jewish students and Jewish organizations on American college campuses. And the reemergence of the white nationalist movement in America, complete with Nazi slogans and imagery, has been reminiscent of the horrific fascist displays of the 1930s. Throughout Europe, Jews have been attacked by terrorists, and some have been murdered.

Where is all this hatred coming from? Is there any significant difference between left-wing and right-wing antisemitism? What role has the anti-Zionist movement played? And what can be done to combat the latest manifestations of an ancient hatred? In a series of letters to an imagined college student and imagined colleague, both of whom are perplexed by this resurgence, acclaimed historian Deborah Lipstadt gives us her own superbly reasoned, brilliantly argued, and certain to be controversial responses to these troubling questions.

Author Biography

DEBORAH E. LIPSTADT is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. Her books include The Eichmann Trial, Denial: Holocaust History on Trial (a National Jewish Book Award winner), Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory, and Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust, 1933-1945. She lives in Atlanta.

Antisemitism: Here and Now was awarded a National Jewish Book Award in 2019.

Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader ix
 
I. Antisemitism: A Conversation
The Perplexed 3
A Delusion 7
A Definition 11
A Spelling 22
 
II. A Taxonomy of the Antisemite
The Extremist: From the Streets to the Internet 29
Beyond the Extremist 42
Antisemitic Enablers 44
The Dinner Party Antisemite 68
The Clueless Antisemite 76
 
III. Contextualizing Antisemitism
A Cognitive Failure? 83
Delegitimizing Antisemitism: Jews Can’t Be Victims 90
Antisemitism and Racism: The Same Yet Different 96
A Time to Panic? 101
 
IV. “Yes, But”: Rationalizing Evil
The Ominous Case of Salman Rushdie 113
Pixilating the Problem 119
Parisian Tragedies 125
 
V. Holocaust Denial: From Hard-core to Soft-core
A Matter of Antisemitism, Not History 139
Inverting Victims and Perpetrators 146
Branding Victims as Collaborators 152
De-Judaizing the Holocaust 156
 
VI. The Campus and Beyond
Toxifying Israel 167
BDS: Antisemitism or Politics? 177
Campus Groupthink: Not-So-Safe Zones 184
Progressivism and Zionism: Antisemitism by Subterfuge? 192
Responding to the Progressive “Critique” 205
Myopia: Seeing Antisemitism Only on the Other Side 211
 
VII. Oy versus Joy: Rejecting Victimhood
Missing the Forest for the Trees: A Dental School and a Fraternity 225
Speaking Truth to Friends: Beyond Victimhood 234
Celebrating the Good in the Face of the Bad 239
 
Acknowledgments 243
Notes 245
Index 275

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