Conversation on Antisemitism Today – 5/14/20

Sometimes called the oldest hatred, the roots of contemporary antisemitism stretch back millennia. Using excerpts from Dr. Deborah Lipstadt’s April 29th recorded conversation with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum to structure their conversation. Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff and our Executive Director, Eszter Kutas, share their thoughts, life experiences, and knowledge around antisemitism in the United States and in Europe.

Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff is a Child Holocaust Survivor and Director of The University of Miami Holocaust Institute and the Curriculum Specialist Miami Dade County Schools.

The video of the USHMM’s conversation with Deborah Lipstadt is available on the USHMM’s YouTube page.

In this one-and-a-half hour webinar, Eszter and Dr. Miriam discuss the following resources:

  • The ADL’s Audit of Antisemitic Incidents: 2019 Year in Review, available through the ADL’s website
  • A recorded Facebook Live conversation with Christian Picciolini hosted by Congregation Shalom Milwaukee and the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, available on the congregation’s Facebook page.

For resources on talking about antisemitism with school age children, we recommend the following resources created by the ADL:

Dr. Deborah Lipstadt is currently the Museum’s Ina Levine Invitational Scholar, and is best known for defending herself against a Holocaust denier who had accused her of libel. She wrote a book about this experience, titled Denying the Holocaust, which was made into a 2016 Hollywood film titled Denial. Dr. Lipstadt is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University.

The Museum’s webinar is moderated by Dr. Edna Friedberg, a historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s William Levine Family Institute for Holocaust Education.

Please excuse technical and display issues with this webinar.