Post-Holocaust and Anti-Semitism
The Post-Holocaust and Anti-Semitism publication, initiated and directed by Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, includes conferences, seminars, research, lectures, interviews, and essays in English and French, focusing on anti-Semitism after the Holocaust and up to the present day – its origins and lessons, manifestations and mutations. This program has proven only too prescient with the return of anti-Semitism as a major issue of public concern.
Its monthly publication, Post-Holocaust and Anti-Semitism, addresses issues concerning past and present acts of persecution against world Jewry as well as post-war issues relating to the Holocaust. Specific subjects include anti-Semitism in specific countries, anti-Israel boycotts, Muslim and Christian anti-Semitism, and the negative portrayal of Israel in the media. Other subjects include manipulation of Holocaust history, Holocaust education, and restitution issues. Many of the world’s leading experts in these fields have been published in the series.
The Holocaust has become a symbol of absolute evil in Western society. Read More »
In Munich, the seventeen-month trial of ninety-year-old Ivan (John) Demjanjuk, which may have been one of the last trials dealing with Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, ended with Demjanjuk’s conviction in May 2011. This trial was a novelty, marking one of the first times in German legal history that a non-German national had to stand trial for the murder, during the Third Reich, of non-German nationals that took place outside of Germany proper. Read More »
No. 115, 1 February 2012/ 7 Shevat, 5772 For some time now Switzerland has been at the forefront of the European debate on Islam, Islamism, and Islamization. The country is thereby abandoning its traditional approach of safeguarding its neutrality, staying ... Read More »
Poland presents the most advanced case of the transformation of the memory of Jews and the Holocaust in all of postcommunist Europe. For that reason, it can serve as a paradigm in comparative studies of the scope, dynamics, complexities, and challenges of this memory transformation. Read More »
A survey of several major churches in the UK reveals that Christian Aid, an aid organization of the World Council of Churches (WCC) that propagates far-left anti-Israel views and supports groups that promote the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) agenda, determines the actual Middle East policy line for these UK churches Read More »
In Wallonia the Socialists are the leading party and often take hostile positions toward Israel. Israel’s friends there are mainly among the Liberals, even if some of their leaders are also anti-Israeli. The major Walloon media also frequently display very problematic attitudes toward Israel. Read More »
No. 112, 1 November 2011/ 4 Heshvan 5772 Anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism in schools or places related to them are significant problems in a number of Western countries. A third related topic concerns Holocaust education in a variety of European schools. When ... Read More »
Anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism in schools or places related to them constitute a significant problem in a number of Western countries. In the coming years, this issue will have to be addressed internationally in much more detail. The major question is how much anti-Semitism do Jewish children encounter in schools? Other important issues are the nature of school curricula, the attitudes of the teachers, the presentation of the Holocaust in schools, security in and around Jewish schools, attacks on Jewish students outside of schools, and so on. Read More »
The World Council of Churches, an umbrella organization for 349 Protestant and Orthodox churches founded in 1948, has expressed concern for the safety and wellbeing of the Jewish people but has largely been hostile to their state, particularly during times of conflict. At these times, WCC institutions demonize Israel, use a double standard to assess its actions, and in some instances delegitimize the Jewish state. They have also persistently denied the intent of Israel’s adversaries to deprive the Jewish people of their right to a sovereign state. Read More »
The phenomenon of terrorism against Jewish communities and Israeli targets abroad represents the most violent aspect of contemporary anti-Semitism, and the greatest physical danger to Diaspora Jewish communities. Read More »
In recent decades, the Holocaust has become the major contemporary symbol of absolute evil. As such, it has acquired a central place in the collective memory of Western societies. This development has been accompanied by an ongoing intentional distortion of its meaning.
Manfred Gerstenfeld Read More »
Over the past thirty years the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and member unions have regularly adopted resolutions containing anti-Israeli and pro-Palestinian rhetoric. A whole generation of British left-wing trade union activists has been raised on a diet of conference motions whose only mention of Israel is in connection with its brutality and oppression of the Palestinian people. Read More »
Ottawa and London Interparliamentarian Statements, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Speech at Ottawa Conference Read More »
Anti-Semitism reemerged in Hungary after the transition to democracy in 1989. There is, however, a notable difference between its earlier manifestations in the 1990s and recent developments. Traditional anti-Semitism has resurfaced and received an institutional framework, while verbal and physical aggression against Jews and Roma has intensified. Read More »
The affair of the dormant, or lost, Jewish accounts in Swiss banks is still seen today by a large part of the Swiss population not as an attempt to achieve historic justice, but as an outright attack not only on Swiss banking but on Swiss identity and on Switzerland as a whole. The notion of "Jewish blackmail" is still rampant. Read More »
The Gaza flotilla was a well-thought-out provocation against Israel. The flotilla was falsely presented as an enterprise of humanitarian aid to a needy population. If that were indeed the case the organizers would have accepted Israel’s offer to dock the flotilla at the port of Ashdod. Read More »