Should We Get Packing? The Decline of Liberal Democracy and Rise of Antisemitism in Central Europe

Prague

07. 10. 2018 16:00

Maisel Synagogue, Maiselova 10, Praha 1

Anti-Semitism in Central Europe, somehow dormant for decades, is yet again back in the public sphere. In Hungary, Poland, but also in Slovakia, anti-Semitic motifs are used as an expedient tool in a search of a scapegoat who could be blamed for real, as well as, alleged domestic problems. Is a rising anti-Semitism a concomitant effect of the growing illiberalism? Will the Jews be yet again seen as ‘the Other’, as not part of the nation? Political leaders condoning anti-Semitism often keep very warm relations with Israel. How should a combination of anti-Semitism and pro-Zionism be explained? A debate featuring Shlomo Avineri (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, IL), Irena Kalhousová (LSE, UK), Konstanty Gebert (journalist, PL), and Martin Poliačik (politician, educator, SK). Moderated by Jan Fingerland (Czech Radio, CZ). Part of the Festival of Democracy within the Forum 2000 Conference. In English. Limited capacity – reservation necessary at education@jewishmuseum.cz. Free admission.

Entry: free

Organizer: ŽMP, Forum 2000


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