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Antisemitism Before and Since the Holocaust

Altered Contexts and Recent Perspectives

  • Anthony McElligott
  • Jeffrey Herf


  • Contains work by leading figures on Holocaust studies, including Deborah Lipstadt, the late Robert Wistrich, Elhanan Yakira and Robert van Pelt

  • Includes a diverse range of academic responses to contemporary antisemitism

  • Appeals to historians, religious scholars, and political scientists


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Two Preliminary Observations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Robert Solomon Wistrich
      Pages 37-49
  3. Religion

  4. Historical and Contemporary Political Arenas

  5. Metaphor and Discourse

  6. Two Further Observations

About this book


Divided into five discrete sections, this book not only broaches the issue of Islamist denial of the Holocaust in the Middle East but also attempts to understand the Western paradox by looking at antisemitism before and since the Holocaust in Europe and the United States. It thus offers both a historical and contemporary perspective. This volume includes observations by leading scholars, delivering powerful, even controversial essays by scholars who are reporting from the ‘frontline.’ It offers a discussion on the relationship between Christianity and Islam, as well as the historical and contemporary issues of antisemitism in the USA, Europe, and the Middle East. This book explores how all of these issues contribute consciously or otherwise to contemporary antisemitism. The chapters of this volume do not necessarily provide a unity of argument – nor should they. Instead, they expose the plurality of positions within the academy and reflect the robust discussions that occur on the subject. 


Antisemitism in the 20th Century Holocaust denial postwar antisemitism Jewish rights in Europe transnational responses to the Holocaust

Editors and affiliations

  • Anthony McElligott
    • 1
  • Jeffrey Herf
    • 2
  1. 1.University of LimerickLimerickIreland
  2. 2.University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

About the editors

Anthony McElligott is founding Professor of History and Head of Department at the University of Limerick, Ireland. 

Jeffrey Herf is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of History at the University of Maryland in College Park. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Antisemitism Before and Since the Holocaust
  • Book Subtitle Altered Contexts and Recent Perspectives
  • Editors Anthony McElligott
    Jeffrey Herf
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-48865-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-84034-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-48866-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 406
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of World War II and the Holocaust
    Political History
    History of Religion
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“This book, as the title suggests, is an analysis of antisemitism both before the Holocaust and after. … This book was an excellent analysis of this issue. While some would deny that the Holocaust happened, this could not be further from the truth. The Holocaust was one of the most poignant events of human history in religion. This book did a good job analyzing antisemitism for what it is: racism.” (Justin Dilliplane, Resolved for Christ,, January, 2018)