Prejudice against or hatred of Jews—known as antisemitism—has plagued the world for more than 2,000 years.
Antisemitism is a barometer for the general health of a society—when hatred of Jews flourishes, other human rights are in danger. Today, there are signs of increasing antisemitism across the world, including hate speech, violence targeting Jews and Jewish institutions, and denial of the Holocaust. Militant Islamic groups with political power use language suggestive of genocide regarding the state of Israel. The president of Iran declared the Holocaust a “myth” and said Israel should be “wiped off the map.” Hamas, a Palestinian terrorist organization, pledges in its founding covenant to “obliterate” Israel. In the aftermath of the moral failures that made the Holocaust possible, we must remain alert to antisemitism, hatred, and all forms of bigotry.
In the Confront Antisemitism section of the Museum’s website, you will find scholarly articles, podcasts from authorities and scholars, exhibition descriptions, web links, and contemporary headlines that can expand your understanding of historical and contemporary antisemitism.
- Confront Antisemitism
- Voices on Antisemitism: Teaching with Audio Podcasts
- Addressing Anti-Semitism: Why and How? A Guide for Educators (PDF; external link)
- Guidelines for Educators: Contextualize the History You Are Teaching
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