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Antisemitism in an Era of Transition

Continuities and Impact in Post-Communist Poland and Hungary

François Guesnet and Gwen Jones

The post-Communist transition in Eastern Central Europe has brought about democratic reform, liberalized economies and accession to the European Union, but also the emergence of political movements that revert to antisemitic rhetoric and arguments. This volume compares the genealogies and impact of antisemitism in contemporary Poland and Hungary. Leading and emerging scholars contrast developments in both countries from the last quarter of the nineteenth century to the present, analysing the roles played by organised religion, political leaders, media and press, but also by Communist Parties. They present historical analysis as well as the results of qualitative and quantitative research on contemporary public memory, the image of the Jew, antisemitic media, political constituencies and the interplay of prejudices, specifically anti-Roma racism. A topical bibliography of research on antisemitism in post-Communist Eastern Central Europe offers pathways to further research.
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compiled by Agnieszka Oleszak and supplemented by Gwen Jones

Works dealing with antisemitism in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Hungary

Antisemitism in Central and Eastern Europe. A Current Survey. Research Report. Institute of Jewish Affairs, 1991, nos. 4-6. Contains reports on the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia.

Antisemitism World Report. Institute for Jewish Policy Research and American Jewish Committee. London: Institute of Jewish Affairs – Reports for the years 19921-1995; Institute for Jewish Policy Research – Reports for the years 1996-1997. Contains reports on the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia.

Attitudes Towards Jews in Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia: A Comparative Study conducted for the American Jewish Committee and Freedom House by Penn & Schoen Associates, 1991

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