The Essence of Antisemitism

Featuring Professor David Patterson, Hillel A. Feinberg Distinguished Chair in Holocaust Studies at the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, U.S.; Senior Research Fellow, ISGAP

This course begins by exploring the motifs that have defined antisemitism both over the centuries and into our own time. Moving then into the contemporary world, we will consider the three primary sources of the phenomenon of Jew hatred: the political right, the political left, and political Islam. Finally, the course will end with a discussion of how one might response to the rising tide of antisemitism and what might be done about it.

Session Two: The Defining Case of National Socialist Antisemitism

This session will explore the essence of Nazi antisemitism as the phenomenon’s most extreme manifestation. The premise is that an examination of the extreme case reveals what underlies other instances of Jew hatred, as we make clear exactly what the Nazis set out to obliterate in the annihilation of European Jewry and therefore exactly what the antisemite is anti-. The presentation will end with a brief consideration of the Nazi influence on Jihadist antisemitism, to be examined more closely in the next class.

Will be held on 08 January 2023 at 11 AM Eastern Standard Time

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