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Lipstadt: Jews need factual ammunition to combat anti-Semitism
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Mar 15, 2019 8:34 PM 1+ week ago

Historian Deborah Lipstadt's "Antisemitism: Here and Now" is an accessible take on what's been called the world's oldest hatred. Pointing fingers of blame equally at the political Left and Right, Lipstadt concisely frames anti-Semitism's resurgence on both sides of the Atlantic.

The book is written as an exchange of letters between Lipstadt, one of her students, and a concerned professor-colleague. A section called "Taxonomy of the Antisemite" portrays all sorts of modern-day Judeophobes, including the "dinner party" anti-Semite and the "clueless" Jew-haters.

According to Lipstadt, comparable to elastic, the intensity of anti-Semitism operates at different frequencies depending on the time and place of its outbreak.

"Like a fire set by an arsonist, passionate hatred and conspiratorial worldviews reach well beyond their intended target. They are not rationally contained," wrote Lipstadt in an opening note to readers.

Throughout history, anti-Jewish vitriol is likely to spread in atmospheres where other minorities are targeted, according to Lipstadt.

The author of several Holocaust-related books ...

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