It is impossible to learn or to understand the Holocaust without discussing antisemitism, since antisemitism was central in Nazi ideology. Without antisemitism, the murder of the Jews could not have happened.
Antisemitism is the longest hatred. Throughout history antisemitism has taken on different forms, and has been influenced by the time and place in which it occurs: cultures, beliefs, theories and events have shaped the manifestation of antisemitism. Nevertheless there are salient elements which have consistently repeated themselves.
Nazi antisemitism was based on pre-existing antisemitic sentiment over which was superimposed the Nazis' racist ideology.
Antisemitism is not another legitimate historical narrative or social perspective; rather it is based on falsifications, distortions and stereotypes.
Unfortunately, the Holocaust did not abolish antisemitism; antisemitism, at different levels, continues to exist today all over the world.
When exposing students to antisemitic materials special care should be taken since it could cause the opposite reaction and provoke antisemitism.
This page provides these teaching aids
TRACE THE HISTORY OF ANTISEMITISM - FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT Future Learn
(This is a Free CouRse designed by Yad Vashem)
In this course, 50 leading scholars from all over the world will explore questions and issues relating to antisemitism including: what is antisemitism? How has it changed throughout history? Why can it be found among so many diverse cultures, and even among opposing ideologies? What happened to antisemitism after the Holocaust? How is antisemitism expressed today, and what are the main spheres in which it can be found?
We will examine different periods and societies, exploring the development of antisemitism as well as its changing nature over time, place and culture.
This free course explores the Holocaust, as the destruction of European Jewry is commonly known. The mass killing represented by the Holocaust raises many questions concerning the development of European civilisation during the twentieth century. This course, therefore, covers essential ground if you wish to understand this development.
Our research shows that young people are often mystified by the targeting of Jews for mass murder.
This activity shows how teachers can work with the film Roots of Antisemitism to uncover the origins of this ‘longest hatred’, and to explore continuity and change from medieval anti-Judaism to modern antisemitism. It provides essential knowledge and understanding to counter common myths and stereotypes of the Jewish people.
Enables students to explore change and continuity in the development of anti-Jewish prejudice
Helps students to critically examine the underlying causes of this anti-Jewish prejudice
Encourages students to analyse and synthesise a range of information to advance understanding of prejudice in general and antisemitism in particular
ANTI-SEMITISM MONITOR The Anti-Semitism Monitor reports anti-Semitic incidents around the world by country and date on a weekly basis. Moment
ACTION PLAN: ANTISEMITISM ON THE INTERNET AND IN THE MEDIA General remark: The Action Plan was formulated under the leadership of the 12 Working Groups Co-Chairs at the 5th Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism 12-14 May 2015. It reflects the collective thinking and work of the Working Groups, and does not express an official position of the Government of Israel. Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2015