Program Recap: Fighting Fascism- A Symposium on Jewish Responses From the Interwar Period to the Present Day

October 19, 2023
by Rebeca Miller

Co-hosted by the American Jewish Historical Society and the Center for Jewish History.
This program originally took place on October 15th, 2023, at the Center for Jewish History and online via YouTube. Generously sponsored by Leonard L. Milberg with additional support from The Achelis & Bodman Foundation.

Fighting Fascism marks the 90th anniversary of the Nazi seizure of power in Germany by examining how Jews in Europe and the United States responded to fascism from the 1920s up to the present day.  Organized in partnership with the Center for Jewish History, the symposium is the second event sponsored by CJH’s new Jewish Public History Forum, which seeks to bring new and diverse audiences to the Center by organizing public programs addressing historical topics of contemporary relevance. This program brought together 19 scholars from across the country to engage in 5 focused discussions on fascism. Topics ranged from defining fascism and how it compares to other political ideologies, how European Jews responded to fascism as it developed in the 1930s, the emergence of American fascist groups in the interwar and post war period, how the arts fought against fascism, and the contemporary reappearance of far right parties in the U.S. and Europe.

You may view individual sessions of the program on the AJHS YouTube page. Or view the program in its entirety below: