Looking for an Enemy
Natasha Lehrer, Gideon Reuveni, Daniel Trilling
Chair: Jo Glanville
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What drives those who hate Jews? 75 years after the Shoah, conspiracy theories about Jews are back in the mainstream, from the left and the right; from the Pittsburgh gunman who murdered 11 people in a synagogue, to accusations against philanthropist George Soros of supporting ‘white genocide’ to Labour Party members who have claimed that Israel is behind ISIS, this ancient hatred shows no sign of abating. Leading Jewish writers Jo Glanville, Natasha Lehrer, Gideon Reuveni and Daniel Trilling focus on Europe, Israel and America to offer a fresh take on how an irrational belief can still flourish in a supposedly rational age.
Natasha Lehrer is a literary critic, editor and translator of fiction and non-fiction from French to English. She writes for the TLS, the Guardian, the Nation, and Ha’aretz, among others.
Gideon Reuveni is Professor of Modern European History and director of the Weidenfeld Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex. His central research interest is the cultural and social history of modern European and Jewish history. He is the author of the prize-winning book ‘Consumer Culture and the Making of Jewish Identity.’ Presently he is working on a book length project on the history of German compensation payments to victims of National Socialism. Image cr. Vincent Leifer
Daniel Trilling is a London-based journalist and the author of Lights in the Distance: Exile and Refuge at the Borders of Europe (Picador, 2018) and Bloody Nasty People: the Rise of Britain's Far Right (Verso, 2012). Image cr. Dave Stelfox
Jo Glanville is a journalist and award-winning editor. Her writing on culture and social affairs has been published in the Guardian, London Review of Books, New York Times, the Observer, Times Literary Supplement and Financial Times among other publications. She is a contributing editor of Jewish Quarterly and is a former current affairs producer for the BBC, where she made a number of documentaries on the Holocaust and on the Middle East. She was editor of Index on Censorship and is a former director of the charity English PEN.