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Professor Deborah Lipstadt delivered JPR's 2019 Morris and Manja Leigh Memorial Lecture, sharing her reflections on contemporary antisemitism to a packed audience at the Jewish Museum in London.
Professor Lipstadt is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University and the award-winning author of The Eichmann Trial; Denying the Holocaust: The growing assault on truth and memory; and, most recently, Antisemitism: Here and Now
Drawing on her analysis in Antisemitism: Here and Now, she explored the links between historical manifestations of antisemitism and antisemitism today, and made her most striking comments about "antisemitism enablers" – political leaders who may or may not be antisemitic themselves, but are supported by antisemites and fail to do enough to distance themselves from them. Commenting on the contemporary situation, she argued: "What is happening is that the antisemites on both the right and the left feel emboldened. That is why I feel the antisemitic 'enabler' is so at fault, because that is who is helping them to feel emboldened."
JPR's Executive Director, Dr Jonathan Boyd, began the evening by sharing JPR's analysis of contemporary antisemitism, drawing on various sources including incident data, attitudinal data and demographic data. The event was sponsored and chaired by JPR President, Lord Leigh.
Picture (from left): Lord Leigh of Hurley (President), Professor Deborah Lipstadt, Dr Jonathan Boyd (Executive Director), Stephen Moss CBE (Chairman)