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Deborah Lipstadt: ‘I wasn’t surprised by Pittsburgh, but I was shocked’

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Published: 16 November 2018

Last updated: 4 March 2024

The renowned historian, whose new book on anti-Semitism will be released early next year, says she thought something like the synagogue shooting was going to happen

THE ADVANCE COPIES of Deborah Lipstadt’s new book, Antisemitism Here and Now, display a cover photo of a white supremacist carrying a tiki torch. But that iconic image of the August 2017 white power rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, could now be replaced by another one: Police tape cordoning off the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh.

Before Pittsburgh, there already was plenty to write about: anti-Semitic attacks in Europe; the “alt-right” in the U.S.; the persistence of Holocaust revisionism and denial; whether and when criticism of Israel qualifies as anti-Semitic; and of course, Charlottesville.

Then the shooting happened. For Lipstadt, the renowned Holocaust historian and Emory University professor, the tragedy in Pittsburgh was both a surprise and a reaffirmation of her warnings.

Lipstadt, 71, spoke with JTA in New York City about what the Pittsburgh shooting means for American Jews and how Jews should fight anti-Semitism.

FULL STORY Deborah Lipstadt wrote a new book on anti-Semitism. Then Pittsburgh happened (JTA)


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