December 28, 2006
UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM LAUNCHES BI-WEEKLY PODCAST SERIES, VOICES ON ANTISEMITISM
Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Robert Satloff Among Initial Participants
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s new bi-weekly podcast series, Voices on Antisemitism, is the only online forum that brings together a broad range of individuals to examine the historical roots and contemporary resurgence of antisemitism. Voices on Antisemitism can be found at www.ushmm.org/podcast/antisemitism.
The program debuted with Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discussing her own experiences with antisemitism as well as her thoughts on free speech and Holocaust denial. Subsequent programs have featured Robert Satloff, author of Among the Righteous, explaining the complex relationship between Arabs and Jews in North Africa during the second World War; Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein reflecting on how her own experiences during the Holocaust influence her worldview today; and historian Christopher Browning. Upcoming programs will feature Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, former Dutch Parliamentarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Father John Pawlikowski, Weekly Standard senior editor Christopher Caldwell, Harvard economics professor Lawrence Summers, political philosopher Jean Bethke Elshtain, historian Deborah Lipstadt, Museum Director Sara J. Bloomfield and many others.
“Antisemitism has proven remarkably durable and adaptable,” says Museum historian and program curator Daniel Greene. “Many thought that in the wake of the Holocaust, antisemitism would be relegated to history. Sadly, it persists and is indeed on the rise in many parts of Europe and in the Islamic world. This series will help listeners understand the many ways that antisemitism influences both personal experiences and global politics today.”
Voices on Antisemitism is part of the Museum’s ongoing effort to confront contemporary antisemitism. In addition to hosting the podcast series, Greene is also the curator of the Museum’s special exhibition, A Dangerous Lie: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. A special online focus on antisemitism can be found on the Museum’s Web site at http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/focus/antisemitism/.
The Museum also hosts a weekly podcast series, Voices on Genocide Prevention, which features insightful commentary from human rights experts, government officials, journalists, and advocates addressing contemporary genocide and how citizens can become involved in stopping it. It can be found at www.ushmm.org/conscience.
About Podcasting – Podcasting allows a listener to subscribe to audio programs and have them delivered to his or her personal computer or mp3 player. Subscribers will automatically receive the latest program in the series. To subscribe, one needs an Internet connection and podcast software, usually available free of charge. This software will check the Museum’s Voices on Genocide and Voices on Antisemitism Web sites for new programs and automatically download them.
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum stimulates leaders and citizens to confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity and strengthen democracy. Federal support guarantees the Museum’s permanence, and donors nationwide make possible its educational activities and global outreach. More than 24 million people – including more than 8 million schoolchildren – have visited the Museum since it opened in 1993, and through its Web site, traveling exhibitions and educational programs, the Museum reaches millions more every year.