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Holocaust Memorial Museum to discuss Antisemitism at Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Stephen S. Wise Temple is located at 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles.
Stephen S. Wise Temple is located at 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum presents the first of two programs in the sixth annual Linda and Tony Rubin Lectures, “The Longest Hatred: Confronting the Rise of Antisemitism in Europe,” this Sunday, Jan. 18, at 6:30 pm at Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s Erika J. Glazer Family Campus in Los Angeles. The second program will be presented in February.

Antisemitism is the world’s most adaptable and resilient form of hatred. The Holocaust was the worst manifestation of it — but not the only. Seventy years later, the resurgence of antisemitism in the very lands where the Holocaust occurred causes many to wonder: “Do Jews have a future in Europe?” Drawing on recent news reports, research studies and interviews with a broad array of European Jews, a discussion will be held on the contemporary state of European antisemitism and what communities and individuals can do about it.

The featured speaker will be Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot professor of modern Jewish and Holocaust studies at Emory University. The lecture is presented in partnership with Wilshire Boulevard Temple and is part of the Museum’s annual Los Angeles lecture series, generously supported by Linda and Tony Rubin.

“These programs are of extreme importance in the ongoing discussion of antisemitism and what steps can be taken to educate and overcome such dangerous sentiment,” said Carol Stulberg, the Museum’s Western Regional Director. “Now in its sixth year, the lecture series, supported by Linda and Tony Rubin, continues to provide a forum in our community for discussion on a variety of important and timely topics. The Museum and program guests are grateful for the Rubinses’ continued contribution to Holocaust studies in Los Angeles.”

“The Longest Hatred: Confronting the Rise of Antisemitism in Europe” presentation is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Individuals interested must register by Friday, Jan. 16, at ushmm.org/events/lipstadt-los-angeles. Contact the Museum’s Western Regional office at 310.556.3222 or email at western@ushmm.org with questions.

Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Erika J. Glazer Family Campus, is located at 3663 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90010.

The second program in the sixth annual Linda and Tony Rubin Lectures, “Just Following Orders? How Ordinary People Become Perpetrators,” will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 pm at Stephen S. Wise Temple in Los Angeles.

Museum historian Edna Friedberg, Ph.D., will interview Christopher Browning, author and professor of history emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The event is presented in association with Stephen S. Wise Temple.

In conjunction with the Museum’s special exhibition, Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust, and 23 years after publishing his seminal book Ordinary Men, renowned Holocaust scholar Dr. Browning will discuss how a wide range of German and non-German collaborators were mobilized to become mass killers. Rarely seen interviews from the Museum’s unique collection of perpetrator testimony will help illuminate the human capacity for evil and the never-ending imperative to confront it.

The “Just Following Orders? How Ordinary People Become Perpetrators” presentation is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Individuals interested must register by Friday, Feb. 13, at ushmm.org/events/browning-los-angeles. Contact the Museum’s Western Regional office at 310.556.3222 or email at western@ushmm.org with questions.

Stephen S. Wise Temple is located at 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90077.

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