Discuss what antisemitism is and what is unique about it
Identify antisemitic language and actions in the past and in the present
Explain the historical and ideological roots of antisemitism and how it has developed
Identify different types of antisemitism presented in the course and explain the differences, commonalities and dynamics between them
Discuss the characteristics of antisemitism today
Distinguish between antisemitism and legitimate criticism of the State of Israel
In this course, 50 leading scholars from all over the world will explore questions and issues relating to antisemitism including:
what is antisemitism? How has it changed throughout history? Why can it be found among so many diverse cultures, and even among opposing ideologies? What happened to antisemitism after the Holocaust? How is antisemitism expressed today, and what are the main spheres in which it can be found?
We will examine different periods and societies, exploring the development of antisemitism as well as its changing nature over time, place and culture.
The nature of hate
The perception of the “other” in the Greco-Roman world
The advent of Christianity and its effect on the history of antisemitism
The Middle Ages and anti-Jewish discourse, libels and violence
The ideologies and revolutions of the Modern Period and their impact on the development of antisemitism
Nazi ideology and the Holocaust
Antisemitism in the Far-right and Far-left
Anti-Zionism and antisemitism
The case of the Islamic and Arab world
This course, designed by Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, is for anyone with an interest in history, in social dynamics and human nature, and in the phenomenon of antisemitism.