Confronting Hatred Virtual Roundtable Recording

A recording of the virtual roundtable event held on April 29, 2021, with the authors of the Journal of Holocaust Research’s special issue, Confronting Hatred: Antisemitism, Neo-Nazism, and Holocaust Studies Today (35:2)

To read the issue – https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rdap2…

Overview:

The authors of this special issue of The Journal of Holocaust Research, “Confronting Hatred: Neo-Nazism, Antisemitism, and Holocaust Studies Today,” draw attention to the ways in which the racism that ferments contemporary extreme-right politics has been impacting the history and memory of the Holocaust. They offer some possible trajectories for how activist scholarship, teaching, and policymaking may best respond to this crisis. However, the paths ahead are not straightforward. Research on antisemitism and the Holocaust is becoming increasingly subordinated to the need to combat the mainstreaming of white supremacist politics, especially as the latter regroups in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency, which has emboldened its growth in the U.S. and overseas. How do we re-assess the Holocaust as the traumatic epistemic break of the middle of the twentieth century in relation to the current dangers posed by neo-Nazism? Race-based ethno-nationalism has shown itself to be a destabilizing threat to democracy (a tendency made only more visible to us during the COVID-19 pandemic), and its white supremacist underpinnings appear likely to impact our world until at least the Holocaust’s centennial. How do we reconsider the Holocaust’s relevance in this urgent context? How can Holocaust history help us teach rising generations who desperately need an analytical framework that can reformulate our era’s complexities?

Participants:

Prof. Gavriel D. Rosenfeld, Fairfield University – JHR Editor

Prof. Janet Ward, The University of Oklahoma – Guest Editor

Prof. Atina Grossman, The Cooper Union Article – Holocaust Studies in our Age of Catastrophe

Prof. David N. Myers, University of California, Los Angeles Article – The Perils of Naming: On Donald Trump, Jews, and Antisemites

Prof. Michelle Lynn Kahn, University of Richmond Article – The American Influence on German Neo-Nazism: An Entangled History of Hate, 1970s–1990s

Dr. Robert Tobin, Clark University Article – The Evolian Imagination: Gender, Race, and Class from Fascism to the New Right Dr. Heidi Tworek, University of British Columbia Article – Fighting Hate with Speech Law: Media and German Visions of Democracy

Dr. Manuela Achilles, University of Virginia, and Ms. Hannah Winnick, Obama Foundation Article – Memory, Responsibility, and Transformation: Antiracist Pedagogy, Holocaust Education, and Community Outreach in Transatlantic Perspective

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