Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry

Newsletter on Antisemitism and Racism - September-October-2012

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Sept.-Oct. 2012






From Our Database

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  Belgian Leaders Apologize to Jewish Community for Country's Holocaust-Era Role
  Estonian Newspaper's Holocaust "Joke" Condemned
  Rise in Both Islamophobic and Antisemitic Incidents in France
  Kosher Supermarked Attacked in France
  Greek Neo-Nazi Party Conducts "Greeks-Only" Blood Drive
  Greece to Toughen Sentencing for Hate Crimes
  Memorial Commemorating Latvian Waffen-SS Legionnaires Unveiled
  Bomb Explodes at Jewish Community Center in Malmö
  Jewish Graves Desecrated in New Zealand
  Spanish Penal Reform to Include Hate Crime Legislation
  French Twitter Hashtag Blocked Following Antisemitic and Holocaust Jokes
  Hungarian Jobbik Extremists Demonstrate against Roma
  Neo-Nazi Website Threatens Italian Jewish Academic
  Lebanese Columist Invokes Protocols of Zion to Accuse Jews of Fomenting Antisemitism
  Muslim Brotherhood Guide Calls for Jihad against the Jews
  UNWRA Intention to Include Holocaust Studies in Curriculum of Palestinian Refugee Camp Schools Condemned


Kantor Papers on Antisemitism and Racism

Lidia Lerner. "Antisemitism in Venezuela's Presidential Elections" (Sept. 2012)

Michael Whine, "The Rise of the Radical Right in Europe and the Jews" (Aug. 2012)




Jean Meyer, La fábula del crimen ritual. El antisemitismo europeo (1880-1914) (Tusquets, 2012).



Anton Shekhovtsov and Paul Jackson, eds, White Power Music: Scenes of Extreme-Right Cultural Resistance, (Liford, 2012).



 Book Reviews


Michael Meng, on The Holocaust Object in Polish and Polish-Jewish Culture, by Bożena Shallcross (Bloomington, 2011).




Rachel Baum, on On Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Beyond Testimonyby Henry Greenspan (St. Paul, 2010).



Efraim Zuroff, on Expulsion and Extermination: Holocaust Testimonials from Provincial Lithuania, by David Bankier (Jerusalem, 2012); The Last Bright Days: A Young Woman’s Life in a Lithuanian Shtetl on the Eve of the Holocaust, edited by Frank Buonagurio (New York, 2012); We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust, by Ellen Cassedy (LincolnNE, 2012).

Eric Weitz, on German Colonialism: Race, the Holocaust, and Postwar Germany, edited by Volker Langbehn and Mohammad Salama (New York, 2011).






Doyle Stevick, "The Holocaust in the Contemporary Baltic States: International Relations, Politics, and Education,Holocaust Study and Research 1, no.5 (2012).



Rosario Forlenza, "Sacrificial Memory and Political Legitimacy in Postwar Italy - Reliving and Remembering World War II," History and Memory 24, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2012). 

Lisa Peschel,  "A Joyful Act of Worship: Survivor Testimony on Czech Culture in the Terezín Ghetto and Postwar Reintegration in Czechoslovakia, 1945-48," Holocaust Genocide Studies 26, no. 2 (Fall 2012).  




Film  Review 

Robert Skloot, "Lanzmann’s Shoah after Twenty-Five Years: An Overview and a Further View" (Holocaust Genocide Studies 26 (2), Fall 2012).





Mark Weitzman, "In Europe, a 'Renaissance' of Classic Anti-Semitism," Times of Israel, August 1, 2012.

Daphne Liddle, "Fighting Racism in Sport: the Struggle Goes On," Searchlight Magazine, August 1, 2012.

Colin, Shindler, "The European Left ad Its Trouble with Jews," New York Times, October 27, 2012.

Sheldon Kirshner, "Polish Culture Is Not Antisemitism," Canadian Jewish News, October 26, 2012.

Irena Cantorovich, interviewed in "Experts Weigh In on Rise of Ukrainian Svoboda Party," Jerusalem Post, October 30, 2012.



Yehuda Bauer, "The Holocaust, America and American Jewry," Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs VI, no. 1 (2012); responses Rafael Meydoff and Alexander Grothsrael Journal of Foreign Affairs VI, no. 2 (2012); Yehuda Bauer, "How to Misinterpret History: On 'The Holocaust, America and American Jewry', Revisited,Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs IV, no. 3 (2012); Tom Segev, "Maybe Roosevelt Couldn't Have Saved the Jews from the Nazis after all," Haaretz, November 2, 2012.

Conferences & Workshops

La Globalización de la Nueva Judeofobia, Barcelona, November, 7-8, 2012.

Before the Holocaust Had Its Name: Early Confrontations of the Nazi Mass Murder of the Jews, Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust-Studies, Vienna, 29 November-1 December 2012.

World War II, Nazi Crimes, and the Holocaust in the USSR, Moscow, 7-9 December 2012.

The Jewish Resistance to the Nazi Policy of Extermination in Europe 1933-1945, Berlin, 7-9 April 2013. 

"I am Just Like You": Perpetrators and Bystanders in Holocaust Literature and Film, Boston, May, 23-26, 2013. 

Children and War: Past and Present, University of Salzburg, 10-12 July 2013.

The Future of Holocaust Studies, Southampton & Winchester, 29-31 July 2013


Kantor Center News and Events

  • The Kantor Center held its 11th international bienniel seminar on antisemitism in Warsaw on October 15-17, 2012, on the theme "Probing the Limits of Tolerance: Jewish Communities and Other Minorities Facing Antisemitism and Xenophobia." View the agendas for the seminar and the opening night.
  • As head of the Kantor Center, Prof. Dina Porat was invited to Riga, Latvia, to speak on "Wallenberg: the Making of a Hero: Circumstances and Personality," at a conference organized by the Swedish, Hungarian and Israeli embassies; and to the University of Latvia to speak on "Who is a Righteous of the Nations?" Both events, which commemorated Raoul Wallenberg's 100th birthday, generated dozens of events around the world.
  • The Wiener Lecture series for the 2012-13 academic year, on the theme "The Nazi Regime between Ideology and Its Implementation," opened with a lecture by Prof. Shulamit Volkov on October 28. The full program for the series, coordinated by Dr. Roni Stauber, can be uploaded here. Unless other specified, the lectures are in Hebrew.
  • The annual interdisciplinary seminar series on "Dilemmas of Identity: European Jews in the 21st Century - Extinct Identities, Formative Identities," will open on November 15 with a lecture by Dr. Laurence Weinbaum. The full program for the series, coordinated by Dr. Haim Fireberg, can be uploaded in Hebrew here.