“Our commitment must be to remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity's common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
The Holocaust Education Trust Ireland has issued a report on their International Conference on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial.
HOLOCAUST EDUCATION TRUST IRELAND
Antisemitism and Holocaust denial - New Perspectives
Holocaust Education Trust Ireland organised an international conference on antisemitism and Holocaust denial which took place in Dublin on 18/19 November 2010. Scholars attended from the US, Canada, Britain, France, Germany and Israel.
This is the first time such a conference has taken place in Ireland and the first time these two subjects have been addressed simultaneously in an academic forum. The conference venue was Trinity College Dublin. HETI hopes that the gathering of such eminent scholars in Dublin will prompt further research and academic debate. It is the intention of the organisers that a serious publication will be one of the outcomes of this endeavour.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheal Martin, hosted a welcome reception for the visiting scholars and overseas guests in Iveagh House on Wednesday evening, 17 November and the minister addressed the gathering. The conference was launched by Mary White TD, Minister for Integration and the conference was officially closed by Mr Colin Wrafter, Director, Human Rights Division, Department of Foreign Affairs.
The event was co-sponsored by the United Nations Department of Public Information and the Under-Secretary-General, Kiyo Akasaka, sent a message of goodwill. ITF Chair Dan TIchon of Israel was also in attendance.
A podcast and the paper abstracts will be available on HETI's website next week www.hetireland.org
The keynote address and public lecture was delivered by Robert S Wistrich, Hebrew University, Jerusalem at which over 240 people attended. The title of his paper was: A Lethal Obsession: antisemitism from antiquity to global jihad
Scholars and papers:
Werner Bergmann, Centre for Research on Antisemitism, Berlin
Antisemitism in contemporary Germany
Pierre Birnbaum, University of Paris
Jews, engagement in the nation-state and some sources of political antisemitism
Jeffrey Herf, University of Maryland
Nazi propaganda for the Arab world during World War ll and its aftereffects
Tony Kushner, Parkes Institute, University of Southampton
The resurgence of antisemitism - a reappraisal
Deborah Lipstadt, Emory University
Holocaust denial and freedom of speech
Meir Litvak, Centre for Iranian Studies, Tel Aviv University
Antisemitism in Iran and Holocaust denial
Bassam Tibi, University of Goettingen
Islamist frustrated expressions of grievance, or Islamization of antisemitism?
Robert Jan van Pelt, University of Waterloo, Canada
Holocaust scholarship in the wake of Holocaust denial
Esther Webman, Centre for Middle East and Aftican Study, Tel Aviv University
Stealing the Holocaust from the Jews? The Holocaust as a metaphor in public discourse
Mark Weitzman, Simon Wiesenthal Center, New York
"Every sane thinker must be an antisemite": antisemitism and Holocaust denial in the theology of radical Catholic traditionalists
Christian Wiese, University of Frankfurt
An indelible stigma? Christianity and antisemitism
Julian Wetzel, Centre for Research on Antisemitism, Berlin
Soft denial in different political and social areas on the web
Robert S Wistrich, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Holocaust denial and inversion
Elhanan Yakira, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Different forms of denial, old and new forms of hatred of the Jews
HETI received some funding from the following:
Department of Education and Skills, Ireland
Office of the Minister for Integration
Fondation pour la Memoire de la Shoah
Trinity College Dublin
University College Dublin
The Herzog Centre, Trinity College
Embassies: Israel, United States, France, and the Federal Republic of Germany
Further information: www.hetireland.org