This new volume, edited by the Library’s Barbara Warnock and Toby Simpson and with a foreword by Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE, is inspired by the Library’s current exhibition, Fighting Antisemitism from Dreyfus to Today.
In a range of essays, the authors looks at the various individuals, groups and organisations that have worked to counter antisemitism since the Dreyfus Affair polarised France in the late nineteenth century. The essays explore the methods that have been used to try to counter antisemitism, and the impact and significance of these.
The authors consider a range of moments in the struggle against antisemitism, including the campaign to exonerate Alfred Dreyfus; the anti-Nazi work of Alfred Wiener and others in Germany and Holland inter-war; post-war anti-antisemitism and anti-fascist work in Britain, including that of those engaged in direct action such as the 43 Group and The Wiener Library’s engagement in monitoring and analysing the Holocaust and antisemitism. The situation recent decades in Britain with respects to differing forms of antisemitism, and the consequent evolution of the struggle against it, is also examined.