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Antisemitism in an Era of Transition

Continuities and Impact in Post-Communist Poland and Hungary

Edited By 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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Michał Bilewicz is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw, where he coordinates the Center for Research on Prejudice. Previously, he was a DAAD Post-Doctoral Researcher at Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, and Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the New School for Social Research in New York. He specializes in the social psychology of intergroup relations, and his main research interests include past-related moral emotions (collective guilt, regret, shame), and processes of dehumanization and prejudice, especially antisemitism. His post-doctoral work concerned the psychological underpinnings of current Polish-Jewish relations. He has published in Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, the European Journal of Social Psychology and the International Journal of Conflict and Violence.

Claude Cahn is Human Rights Adviser in the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Moldova (April 2009-present). He has been instrumental in securing Moldovan ratification of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other minority and human rights issues. He has worked at the European Roma Rights Centre in a number of capacities, including Programmes Director and Acting Executive Director (1996-2007). He has been continuously involved in efforts to secure justice for Romani women coercively sterilized in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary and in a number of landmark rulings by the European Court of Human Rights on Roma rights issues. His areas of expertise include human and minority rights law and policy, environmental justice. He holds degrees in Law, History and Literature.


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