Centre for German-Jewish Studies


1938-2018: Antisemitism in an Age of New Populism, or Can We Trust our Democracy Today?

Thursday 1 November 19:45 until 22:00
New North London Synagogue, 80 East End Road, London, N3 2SY

On the evening of the 9th November 1938, Jewish people living in Germany found themselves under attack. In a series of co-ordinated riots, over 7000 shops owned by Jews were destroyed and 200 synagogues were hit. 90 Jews were killed that night and thousands were taken to concentration camps. Kristallnacht changed the nature of persecution in Germany, marking a turning point in relations between Nazi Germany and the rest of the world. Tragically, as we know, it did not mark the culmination of Nazi violence.

After the Holocaust, people everywhere believed that it could never happen again, but today as representative democracy finds itself increasingly on the defensive, the evidence is unmistakable that antisemitism, xenophobia, and nationalism is dramatically on the rise once more. This event will invite some specialists and members of the public to grapple with painful questions: Why now? What is—or isn’t—new? Is a second Holocaust possible, this time in the Middle East? What can be done to strengthen democracy and counter anti-democratic tendencies?


Attendance at this event is free, but please register your attendance in advance by following this link: Antisemitism in an Age of New Populism


This event has been organised in partnership with the University of Sussex, the Wiener Library and the AJR.

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By: Robert John Dunphy
Last updated: Wednesday, 12 September 2018