The increased prominence of antisemitic incidents may have you wondering: has antisemitism always been part of the Australian social fabric, or are we facing a newer, more sinister trend?
Britain’s Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (L) and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis (R).
The Church of England’s apology for medieval antisemitism is welcome. But there is something missing.
COVID-19 has spiked in ultra-Orthodox Jewish parts of New York City.
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Authorities have closed schools in some ultra-Orthodox areas of New York. The reasons for apparent noncompliance with public health guidelines are complicated, explains a cultural anthropologist.
The biblical book of Ezekiel describes a vision of the divine that medieval philosophers understood as revealing the connection between religion and science.
By Matthaeus Merian (1593-1650)
Those experiencing stress and uncertainty amid the coronavirus may find guidance in medieval responses to plagues, which relied on both medicine and prayer.
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man is arrested by Israeli security forces for resisting efforts to shut down a synagogue in the Me’a She’arim neighborhood in Jerusalem, April 17, 2020.
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Persecution is central to Jewish collective memory. So when armed police entered ultra-Orthodox areas of Jerusalem to close synagogues due to COVID-19, some residents reacted with fear and suspicion.
Roll call at the Buchenwald concentration camp.
The Never Again Education Act is meant to make Holocaust education more prominent in America’s schools. A scholar of Holocaust studies explains why that’s necessary.
Menorahs have now become ubiquitous features around the world during Hanukkah, from Berlin to New York to Melbourne.
Giving small gifts to children has become common around the world, though nowhere has Hanukkah reached the level of commercialisation that it has in the US.
Kindertransport documents for three children who travelled from Austria to the UK in 1939.
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The visa waiver scheme saved thousands of Jewish children from persecution – but at a huge cost.
Protestors arrive at Labour HQ to call for action.
The very debate around how Labour has dealt with this issue revolves around some key tropes of anti-semitism.
Nationalists demonstrate in support of the controversial new Holocaust law.
Criminalising suggestions that Poland was complicit in German atrocities during World War II denies history and will hinder scholarship.
Hanukkah was instituted in 164 B.C. to celebrate military victory, but the meaning has changed over time with the circumstances of the Jewish people.
George Dreyfus, centre, holding a bassoon and Walter Wurzburger, far left, holding a clarinet.
JC Williamson production 1949
In the late 1930s, Australia sought to restrict the flow of refugees, ruling that musicians were ‘unsuitable’ as migrants. Yet some talented Jewish musicians did arrive here and their work has enriched our cultural life.
Not far from where the infamous Krakow Ghetto gates once stood, Jewish caricatures are for sale.
Around 65,000 Jews lived in Krakow before the Second World War. Now, perhaps a hundred Jews regularly attend synagogue, and antisemitic figurines are sold in markets. What’s wrong with this picture?
Ted Cruz speaks at a rally in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Is ‘chutzpah’ actually – as Ted Cruz claimed – a New York word? And what’s with the candidate’s insistence on distancing himself from New York City?
On the Banks of the Tigris is a story of culture triumphing over an oppressive regime.
Award-winning documentary film On the Banks of the Tigris explores the influence of Iraqi Jewish musicians in the cultural life of Iraq and paints a portrait of a country that was once a thriving multicultural centre.
The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin al-Husseini, met with Adolf Hitler in 1941.
Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1987-004-09A, Amin al Husseini und Adolf Hitler" by Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1987-004-09A / Heinrich Hoffmann
The Israeli prime minister’s comments that an Arab leader convinced Hitler to carry out the Holocaust are a distortion of history.
A sign erected by British Forces at the entrance to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, Germany, 29 May 1945.
© IWM (BU 6955)
The images of Bergen-Belsen have assumed a particularly special place in British official memory. Why?
Otto Dov Kulka in Terezín, 1960s.
Archive of Security Services (ABS), Czech Republic
As we approach the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on January 27, the victims of the Holocaust stand, with a good reason, at the centre of our attention. It is survivors’ memoirs that shaped…
Instead of dying out, Anti-Semitic myths have withstood the test of time.
Eight hundred years ago, a monk named Thomas of Monmouth wrote a bogus account of the life of St. William, a Christian boy supposedly abducted by “the Jews” of Norwich. A boy – “like an innocent lamb…
Historical records will be vital in deciding who has a Sephardic Jewish heritage and is therefore potentially eligible for Spanish citizenship.
The Spanish government has approved a draft law that grants citizenship to Jews whose ancestors were expelled over 500 years ago. This follows the approval of a similar law in Portugal last year. In 1492…