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Antisemitism

  • The Accusation, Edward Berenson
    A young girl went missing in Messina, NY in 1928 and the town’s Jews were accused of killing her. The author discusses “blood libel” and how it gained traction in the United States.
  • Europe Against the Jews: 1880-1945, Gotz Aly
    The origins of the Holocaust
  • The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is the most notorious and widely distributed anti-Semitic publication of modern times. Its lies about Jews, which have been repeatedly discredited, continue to circulate today, especially on the Internet. The individuals and groups who have used the Protocols are all linked by a common purpose: to spread hatred of Jews.
  • The Popes Against the Jews: The Vatican’s Role in the Rise of Modern Anti-Semitism, National Book Award finalist David Kertzer
    The author presents shocking revelations about the role played by the Vatican in the development of modern anti-Semitism.
  • Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America by Steven J. Ross, Bloomsbury Publishing, March 2019
    The hitherto untold story of Jewish resistance to Nazi infiltration, not in Berlin or Warsaw but in Los Angeles during the 1930s, a time when Nazism, a distant rumble on the horizon for most Americans, was for tens of thousands of others a siren call to action.
  • The Last Million: Europe’s Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War, by David Nasaw Penguin Press, 2020
    “….The Last Million tells the enduringly relevant and not well-known story of how political differences between the United States and the United Kingdom, Cold War calculations, ethnic and religious conflicts, and anti-Semitism trumped humanitarian considerations, ‘turning what should have been the primary mission upside down and victimizing those who had suffered the most.’” —Glenn C. Altschuler, The Jerusalem Post
  • People Love Dead Jews: Reports From a Haunted Present, by Dara Horn
    W. W. Norton & Company (September, 2021)
    “Weaving together history, social science, and personal story, she asks readers to think critically about why we venerate stories and spaces that make the destruction of world Jewry a compelling narrative while also minimizing the current crisis of antisemitism…People Love Dead Jews offers no definitive solution to the paradox it unfolds. Horn leaves the reader with several interwoven explanations, each of which lead us to confront the dark reality that Jewish deaths make for a compelling educational narrative, while facing the antisemitism of the present demands a com¬mit¬ment to equal¬i¬ty that the world remains unable to embrace.”
    ― Jonathan Fass, Jewish Book Council

  • Jews Don’t Count, by David Baddiel, TLS Books, September 2021
    Jews Don’t Count is a book for people who consider themselves on the right side of history. People fighting the good fight against homophobia, disablism, transphobia and, particularly, racism. It is Baddiel’s contention that one type of racism has been left out of this fight. He argues that those who think of themselves as on the right side of history have often ignored the history of anti-Semitism. He outlines why and how, in a time of intensely heightened awareness of minorities, Jews don’t count as a real minority: and why they should.