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Monday, February 28, 2011

Heb. U. Prof. Wistrich Awarded for Anti-Semitism Study

Prof. Robert Wistrich of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has been awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his lifelong contributions to the study of anti-Semitism.

The Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism (SICSA) at Hebrew U announced today that Wistrich, the Center’s director, is to receive the award from the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism (JSA). At the same time, JSA named his magnum opus A Lethal Obsession the “Best Book of 2010” on anti-Semitism.

A Lethal Obsession, an encyclopedic work spanning over 2,000 years of world history, provides a definitive look at the various streams of anti-Semitism through the ages, and explores the connections between the resurgence of global anti-Semitism and contemporary social and political issues.

“Because of his commitment to investigating anti-Semitism and fighting it in all its emerging forms, the JSA is proud to acknowledge Prof. Wistrich as the leading scholar in the field and present him with this Lifetime Achievement Award,” the publication’s editors, Steven K. Baum, Neal E. Rosenberg, Lesley Klaff and Steven L. Jacobs, said in a written statement.

“We are appreciative of Prof. Wistrich’s scholarly efforts in the ongoing struggle against anti-Semitism and believe such acknowledgment is long overdue.”

Prof. Wistrich holds the Neuberger chair for Modern European History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is the author and editor of 24 books, several of which have won international awards. These include Socialism and the Jews, The Jews of Vienna in the Age of Franz Joseph (winner of the Austrian State Prize for Danubian History and Antisemitism), and The Longest Hatred (recipient of the H.H. Wingate Prize for non-fiction in the U.K.).

“His numerous books and articles and invaluable contributions to landmark film projects set the standard for other scholars and have paved the way for graduate students to continue his work in the study of anti-Semitism,” the statement concludes.

For an INN interview with Prof. Wistrich, click here.