Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry

Newsletter on Antisemitism and Racism

Past Bulletins 

December 2012 - January 2013






From Our Database

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  Jews in Copenhagen Warned Not to Wear Identifying Symbols
  Swastikas Painted on Jewish Restaurant in Paris
  German Publisher Included in SWC's "Worst Antisemitic Slurs" List
  Two Antisemitic Incidents in Vercelli, Italy
  Antisemitic Caricature in Norwegian Paper
  Swedish Democratic Party Politician Forced to Quit after Racist Comments
  Legal Complaint after Antisemitic Incitment in Tunisia
  Antisemitism an Invention of the Jews, Says Colombia University Professor
  British Paper Publishes Anti-Israel Cartoon on Holocaust Remembrance Day
  Rightwing Extremists Arrested in Italy
  Argentinean Accuses Israel of Plotting Jewish State in Patagonia
  Vienna Philharmonic Investigating Its Nazi Past
  Austrian Neo-Nazi Sentenced
  International Holocaust Memorial Day Officially Incorporated by EU
  Initiative to Expel Racist Members of Council of Europe
  Twitter Ordered to Publish Names of Publishers of Antisemitic Comments 
  Hungarian Government Member Publishes Anti-Roma Slurs
  Antisemitic Graffiti in Italian Cities Linked to Holocaust Remembrance Day 
  Antisemitic Moldovan Author Proposed for Nobel Prize
  Spain to Alter Penal Code to Include Antisemitism

British MP Condemned for Comparing “Jews’” Treatment of Palestinians to Their Suffering in the Holocaust

  Mursi's Anti-Jewish Slurs Stir Concern
  Jewish Cemetery in Tunisia Desecrated
  Holocaust Documentary Screened on Iranian Opposition TV Channel






Lara Trubowitz, Civil Antisemitism, Modernism, and British Culture, 1902-1939 (UK, 2012).



Ruth Wodak and John Richardson, eds, Analysing Fascist Discourse - European Fascism in Talk and Text (New York, 2012).

David Art, Inside the Radical Right - The Development of Anti-Immigrant Parties in Western Europe (Cambridge, Mass., 2011).

Gregg Rickman, Hating the Jews: The Rise of Antisemitism in the 21st Century (Brighton MA, 2012).


 Book Reviews



Gaelle Fisher, on In War’s Wake: Europe’s Displaced Persons in the Postwar Order, by Gerard Daniel Cohen (Oxford, 2011).



Todd Herzog, on Weimar Film and Modern Jewish Identity, by Ofer Ashkenazi (New York, 2012).

Peter Osnos, on Isaac's Army: A Story of Courage and Survival in Nazi Occupied Poland, by Matthew Brzezinski (New York, 2012).


David Crowe, on The Roma Struggle for Compensation in Post-War Germany, by Julia von dem Knesebeck (Hatfield, 2011).





Shirli Gilbert,  â€œAnne Frank in South Africa: Remembering the Holocaust During and After Apartheid," Holocaust and Genocide Studies 26, no. 3 (Winter 2012).

Raffael Scheck, "Nazi Propaganda toward French Muslim Prisoners of War," Holocaust and Genocide Studies 26, no. 3 (Winter 2012).




Efraim Zuroff, "Estonia’s Severe Case of Holocaust Amnesia," The Times of Israel, December 18, 2012.




The Augstein Controversy

Simon Wiesenthal Center, "2012 Top Ten Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Slurs."

   Henryk M. Broder, "Brief an meinen Lieblings-Antisemiten Augstein," Die Welt, December 6, 2012.

   Brazilian Cartoonist Hits Back at Simon Wiesenthal Center, JTA, January 4, 2013. 

   Anettta Kahane, "Erst mal versuchen zu verstehen," Amadeu Antonio Stiftung, January 6, 2013. 

   Clemens Höges, "Wiesenthal Center Refuses Debate with Accused Author," Spiegel Online, January 7, 2013.

   "Spiegel Debate: What Is Anti-Semitism?" Spiegel Online, January 16, 2013.

   Benjamin Weinthal, "Israeli Ambassador Slams 'Der Spiegel' Columnist," Jerusalem Post, January 19, 2013. 


Conferences & Workshops

"Her Story": Transference methods of women's biographies and autobiographies from the Holocaust, Beit Berl Academic College, Beit Terezin and Beit Lohamei Hagetaot, March 4-6, 2013.

Jewish Life in the Ghettos under Nazi Rule - a Reconsideration of Fundamental Issues Galilee Academic College, March 14, 2013.

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

Understanding Hatred, Confronting Intolerance, Eliminating Inequality, Spokane WA, April 18-20, 2013. 

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

Teaching about the Holocaust: Antisemitism, the Holocaust, "the Final Solution," and Denial, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, June 3-14, 2013.

The Overlooked Revolution: The Shift in Catholic Teaching on the Jews since Vatican II, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, June 10–14, 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

  • On December  6, Prof. Dina Porat, head of the Center, was awarded the Wallenberg Medal.
  • On December 19, as part of the Wiener Lecture Series for the 2012-13 academic year Prof. Jürgen Matthäus lectured on "The Racist Policy of the Nazi Regime in Its First Years." On January 16, Prof. Dan Michman spoke on "The Ghettos in the Holocaust – Why Were They Really Established?" The full program for the series, coordinated by Dr. Roni Stauber, can be uploaded here. Unless other specified, the lectures are in Hebrew. 
  • On December 27, as part of the annual interdisciplinary seminar series on "Dilemmas of Identity: European Jews in the 21st Century - Extinct Identities, Formative Identities," Prof. Mordechai Altshuler lectured on "The Synagogue and the Existence of Jewish Life in the Soviet Union." On January 24, Dr. Zeev Hanin spoke on the topic "From the Caucasus to the Waltz – the Establishment of a New Jewish Diaspora in Vienna." The full program for the series, coordinated by Dr. Haim Fireberg, can be uploaded in Hebrew here.
  • On January 17, Kantor Center Fellow Gunther Jikeli received the Raul Wallenberg scholarship.
  • On January 22-23, Prof Dina Porat, head of the Center, took part in the International Holocaust Remembrancel Day events organized by the European Parliament in Brussels. 
  • On January 27, an interim report about antisemitic trends was prepared by the staff of the Kantor Database for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism and presented at a special session of the Israeli government.
  • On January 28, the Center's staff, volunteers and fellows visited Yad Vashem.
  • On January 29, the Zeev Vered Desk for the Study of Tolerance and Intolerance in the Middle East, headed by Dr. Esther Webman, together with the Center and the Stephen Roth Institute, held the Zeev Vered third annual symposium on Holocaust Education among Arabs and Muslims – Challenges and Hopes.
  • The Kantor Center held an international conference, entitled "From Rejection to Acceptance - to Be Jewish in 21st Century Germany," on February 10-12, 2013 at Tel Aviv University. Upload the program here.