The Fifth Estate: AntisemitismMon 2 Sep, 6pm
The past decade has seen an alarming rise in antisemitic sentiment the world over, from violent attacks on synagogues by far-right extremists to the growing concern of hostile tolerance towards Jews in left-liberal circles. Australian scholar Dvir Abramovich and acclaimed historian Deborah Lipstadt speak with Sally Warhaft about this growing tide, and what can be done to end it.
Supported by the Wheeler Centre and Melbourne Jewish Book Week
Dr Dvir Abramovich is chairman of The Anti-Defamation Commission & The Israel Kipen Director of the Program in Jewish Culture and Society at The University of Melbourne. The author of six books, his latest publication, Fragments of Hell: Israeli Holocaust Literature, was published this year.
Deborah Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, Atlanta. She is most well known for the libel lawsuit against her by David Irving, for calling him a Holocaust denier. The trial judge found Irving to be a “neo-Nazi polemicist”. Denial, starring Rachel Weisz is based on her book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier. Her most recent book is Antisemitism Here and Now.
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne anthropologist, interviewer and former editor of The Monthly magazine. She is the author of Well May We Say: The Speeches That Made Australia and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, The Fifth Estate.