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Antisemitism: here and now

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  262 ratings  ·  65 reviews
An argumentative, controversial analysis of the new antisemitism, by the historian who defeated David Irving in court.

Anti-Jewish violence and vandalism have been on the rise in Europe in the last five years. Deborah Lipstadt asks, ‘Does this mean we are returning to the brutality of the 1930s?’ ‘No’, is her initial answer, quickly followed by: ‘It’s complicated.’

Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 14th 2019 by Scribe UK
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Elyse Walters
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Update.... I bring this book back up today… Given the horrific occurrence at the Jewish cemetery in San Diego.

This is an OUTSTANDING AUDIOBOOK... it ‘will’ open your eyes.

Audiobook read by Ellen Archer, Paul Boehmer, and Phoebe Strole

This is an OUTSTANDING Audiobook!
Given all the noticeable antisemitic occurrences in recent years: Charlottesville and the shootings at the Pittsburg Synagogue....left wing groups targeting Jewish students and Jewish organizations on American College campuses....
I became interested in this subject because of the news coverage of Charlottesville and the shootings at the Pittsburgh Synagogue. Therefore, I decided to read this book.

The book is well written and researched. Professor Lipstadt explores the subject in a series of letters to fictional composites: Abigail, a Jewish student, and Joe, a non-Jewish colleague. Lipstadt examines current day antisemitism. The author also discusses the conspiracy theorists or ideologues who cannot be reasoned out of t
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, race-issues
This morning in the New York Times, there was a full-page aid thanking Trump for having appointed a person to “monitor and combat anti-semitism”.
Yeah, that was my reaction too.
Considering Trump’s reaction to what occurred at Charlottesville, let alone his ad that no real network agreed to run, one does wonder why.
And this wondering even occurs when one takes into account the rise of anti-semitism that has been occurring.
One also wonders what Dr. Deborah Lipstadt thinks of it.
LIpstadt’s new
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The is little doubt that anti-semitism is on the rise, fueled by the explosion of social media and the rising tide of hatred in the U.S. and overseas. This book dives into current examples of anti-semitism and white nationalist violent demonstrations happening in the U.S. and in Europe today as well as in the past, including a long look at Holocaust deniers. I did not care for the book's format, where Lipstadt uses a series of letters to guide her wide-ranging but seemingly unfocused discussion. ...more
Bruce Katz
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A profoundly disturbing and timely book. I'm going to need time myself to think about it. The book is arranged in the form of email exchanges between Lipstadt, one of her graduating students, and a non-Jewish colleague from the law school. Each chapter critically examines a particular aspect of antisemitism, putting each in historical and sociopolitical perspective, evaluating the origins and significance of each, and discussing possible responses. Far more personal than any of her other work th ...more
Scott Gilman
Professor and author Deborah Lipstadt has made her name countering the slimy, hurtful acts of Holocaust deniers. It’s safe to say she has become the most well-known, and effective, person in defending the memory of Holocaust survivors, more so than even some institutions. Her voice has become one of authority and leadership in the push back against Holocaust denial and with it, antisemitism. In her new book, written as letters to a fictional Jewish college student and non-Jewish professor, she t ...more
Judy G
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Difficult book to review cause of the subject and these hate filled times in our country.
This author a Professor at Emery U has dedicated her life to study of the subject of antisemitism and the holocaust the organized manifestation of the hatred of Jewish people.
the form of this non fiction book is correspondence between the author Dr Listadt and a student Abigail and another professor Joe who is in Law. Abigail is jewish and Joe is not. All three are .
examining the subject and they look to D
May 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Scribe Publications
To say anything worthwhile about antisemitism you need calm, lucidity, intelligence, and a faultless moral compass, all powered by a proper feeling for racial justice. Deborah Lipstadt has the entire skillset. That’s why her new book is so welcome, so necessary, and so clear.
David Hare

Antisemitism comes in different shades, all of them ugly — not least when it comes from those who regard themselves as champions of liberation. To fight this abomination in all its shades, Deborah Lipstadt has give
Jed Sorokin-Altmann
I really like Professor Lipstadt's other works, but I'm sorry to say that the epistolary format of Antisemitism: Here and Now did not work well for me. The content itself was interesting and Professor Lipstadt covers a lot of ground, but I wish it was in the form of a more traditional non-fiction work.
Dawn Wells
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book that’s written in letters. It tells how small things are made to be acceptable which then makes others acceptable that cause more and more things to be acceptable. Explains why you can’t accept things as they are and why It needs to be stopped. What’s different about antisemitism today. It’s on the political right and left and Islamic.
Erin Britton
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Historian and author Deborah Lipstadt is perhaps best known for her book Denying the Holocaust (1993) and the libel trial that followed its publication. In the book, Lipstadt discusses and condemns the practice of Holocaust denial, using English historian David Irving as an example of a prominent Holocaust denier. She characterises Irving as “one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial” and claims that he twists historical evidence “until it conforms with his ideological leaning ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
"No healthy society harbors extensive antisemitism - or any other form of hatred." This is a central tenet of Lipstadt's straight-shooting exploration of contemporary antisemitism, in which she examines the presence and rise of hatred of Jews in countries, in universities, in governments, among "friends", overt and subtle, acknowledged and sometimes excused.

The content was extensively researched and engaging in its arguments; however, the structure chosen - that of a series of letters between h
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deborah Lipstadt, in "Antisemitism—Here and Now," offers her perspective at what has led to the rise of verbal and physical attacks on people of the Jewish faith. This book was written before the vicious murder of congregants at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Dr. Lipstadt, who is a professor of Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, lists many examples of violence perpetrated in recent years against Jews by so-called white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and terrorists. Th ...more
Cheryl Kloda
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found Deborah Lipstadt's book about Antisemitism to be an interesting read. As a reader, I wished at times the author would have used less fancy words. While I was still able to follow what the author was saying, I felt if she had used more layman's language it would have been clearer. Therefore, I gave this book four stars instead of five.
Antisemitism is an evil that has many facets. I have noticed that people who are antisemitic will usually judge Jewish People as a group instead of as an
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are certain books that one just has to read right away. I put down all my others and read this in two sittings. We have seen a recent normalization of open expressions of hatred and this book is an answer to the uncertainty we all have.

Organized as a series of letters, the book dives into current examples of antisemitism and white nationalist violent demonstrations happening in the U.S. and Europe. Lipstadt addresses current incidents and historical events through a series of letters, whi
Shira Reiss
I listened to this as an audiobook downloaded from the library. The book is organized as a series of letters between the author and one of her graduating students and a non-Jewish colleague from the law school which I felt made it very reader friendly especially when listening to it. She covers an array of topics around antisemitism in a very organized manner giving examples of how to react to numerous situations that are happening today; be it antisemitism from the right or left.

I have found i
Bill Anderson
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Many Faces of Antisemitism

Prejudice is a shape-shifter that remains the same, but changes strategies. The hatred of Jews (Anti-Judaism) takes many of its perceptions of Jews from the ancient Greeks. As replacement religions, Christianity and Islam treat the Jew as the ultimate "other" . Professor Lipstadt explores both the old and new adaptations. Hatred politics used Antisemitism as an attack tool for their opponents, without looking in the mirror. To create a healthy society we need to kno
Claudia Hoffmann
Antisemitism: Here and Now - Highly Recommenced

This is an important book. The significant increase in antisemitic actions and expressions internationally and in the United States is alarming to Jews and others worldwide. Deborah Lipstadt addresses in detail current incidents, as well as pertinent historical events, through a series of letters to one of her students at Emory University and to a colleague, who is a law professor. This format makes the discourse of a difficult topic, highly readab
Naomi Weiss
This would have been a much more depressing read, had I not just read Pinker's Enlightenment Now, whose lessons reminded me that though antisemitism is grotesquely on the rise from both political extremes, 2019 is still a great time to be a Jew. Having not lived in the US for 20 years, it was a helpful summary of what has been going on. The most depressing part of the book for me was the antisemitism on college campuses, whose flames seem to be fanned by the authoritarian trend of shutting down ...more
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author uses the tool of creating dialogue between herself and fictional characters to dive deeply into an exploration of antisemitism today. She is even handed, noting that the political left and the right both have their share of antisemitism. Brilliant book.
Bill FromPA
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, library
Both siderism I came to this with some skepticism: I’d heard Lipstadt speaking briefly on the radio and one of the things she said, and repeats several times in the book, is that antisemitism currently comes from both the right and the left. I get defensive when I hear “both-siderism”: it always seems a ploy to come across as a disinterested observer commenting on a phenomenon. It’s so common among pundits to affect impartiality by using this formulation, that Trump believed he could finesse his ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, audio
Initially I wasn’t sure I liked the way the author structure the book—as a correspondence/dialogue between herself, a fictitious student, and fictitious colleague at her university. But that structure grew on me. Lipstadt’s analysis of contemporary anti-Semitism is compelling and frightening.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worth reading, whether you are Jewish or not.
David C Ward
A four for good intentions (it’s as much an instruction manual about how to behave as it is a survey of contemporary antisemitism) but a three for execution: I just didn’t think the device of responding to questions from two imaginary people (a student and a colleague) was effective. The result was a kind of scattershot tour of various outcroppings of contemporary antisemitism rather than a sustained treatment of issues like populist nationalism, antisemitism and social media, geopolitics includ ...more
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the astonishing rise of antisemitism over the last few years, even witnessed from my own non-Jewish, naive viewpoint; I felt it more important than ever to understand the origins and manifestations of antisemitism. This book was a great start. I listened to the audiobook over 2 days and recommend it as it is a very easy listen. I didn't love the format of fictional letters shared amongst 3 writers, but it did serve the purpose of getting viewpoints across. I walked in with little understand ...more
Allya Yourish
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know. I wish I could give this 3.5 stars. It didn't blow my mind, but it provided me some specifics that were useful in the argument about antisemitism's continued existence. I don't agree with her analysis of campus culture in the slightest, and found her tirade against trigger warnings to be insulting and misguided.

But. In a world in which antisemitism poses a real and terrifying threat, books like this do important work of outlining that threat for the mainstream. I wish the non-Jews
Lauren Siegel
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At times I didn’t care for the format of this book (theoretical letters between the author and people concerned about antisemitism). I also at times felt like the arguments weren’t explored adequately. However, it was a wake up call that antisemitism is on the rise and not just in the US. As a progressive, I’m starting to see the issue with the BDS movement. I would like more information about this, but i certainly appreciated what was present in this book.
Janet Lavine
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deborah Lipstadt’s newest book on antisemitism is written as an exchange of letters between Lipstadt and a bright Emory student and a senior professor friend on how antisemitism is expressed in today’s society. A lot of what she writes is similar to implicit racial bias that we are all working to overcome. In the realm of antisemitism, it’s expressed as “some of my closest friends are Jewish” and then without hesitation we assert the age old claim that Jews control the media and banks. And what ...more
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I recommend this more for people who aren't (practicing) Jews than for those who are. For people within the Jewish community, this is an articulate rehash of the stuff they discuss all the time. I wouldn't say I learned anything new, but Lipstadt's phrasings helped me see which points I might use to help along friends who are curious but don't know very much about antisemitism (especially its manifestations on the left side of the political spectrum).

For people who have not investigated antisemi
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Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies (1993), Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and the Department of Religion. Lipstadt was an historical consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and helped design the section of the Museum dedicated to the American Response to the Holocaust.

At Emory she created the Institute for Jewish Studies and wa
“The clueless antisemite is an otherwise nice and well-meaning person who is completely unaware that she has internalized antisemitic stereotypes and is perpetuating them. The only proper response, however hard it may be for you, is to politely tell this person that what she said comes under the category of an insidious and insulting ethnic stereotype.” 2 likes
“To try to defeat an irrational supposition—especially when it is firmly held by its proponents—with a rational explanation is virtually impossible.” 1 likes
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