From Empathy to Denial: Arab Responses to the Holocaust – Meir Litvak and Ester Webman

appNew Book by Litvak and Webman

Based on years of research conducted mostly in Arabic sources, Meir Litvak and Ester Webman track the evolution of post-World War II perceptions of the Holocaust and their parallel emergence in the wake of the Arab-Israeli conflict of 1948. Following the establishment of the State of Israel, Arab attitudes toward the Holocaust became entangled with broader anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic sentiments. Litvak and Webman track this discourse through the work of leading intellectuals and turn to representations of the Holocaust in the media and culture of Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, and among the Palestinian people. Their chronological history, which spans sixty years, provides a remarkable perspective on the origins, development, and tenaciousness of anti-Holocaust belief.

Meir Litvak is senior lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University and the author of, among other works, Shi’i Scholars in 19th Century Iraq: The Shi’i ‘Ulama of Najaf and Karbala. Esther Webman is a research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies and the Steven Roth Institute for the study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism, Tel Aviv University.

4 Responses to “From Empathy to Denial: Arab Responses to the Holocaust – Meir Litvak and Ester Webman”

  1. Bialik Says:

    Sounds like a wonderful subject for a SOAS guest lecture. I hope they come over.

  2. Mikey Says:

    I do have some of their work:

    Meir Litvak and Esther Webman, “Perceptions of the Holocaust in Palestinian Public Discourse”, Israel Studies Vol 8., No. 3 Fall 2003, pp.123-140

    Meir Litvak and Esther Webman, “The Representation of the Holocaust in the Arab World”, The Journal of Israeli History, Vol.23, No.1, Spring 2004, pp.100–115

    Meir Litvak, “The Islamic Republic of Iran and the
    Holocaust: Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism”, Journal of Israeli History, 25:1, 267 – 284

    All of these articles are superb and well worth reading. I am therefore looking forward to the book!

    All of these

  3. Jared Feldschreiber Says:

    I am fortunate enough to currently be in Professor Litvak’s course here at Tel Aviv University.
    He provides us with a piercing view of Modern Middle East History with incisive views of a long-standing conflict, never shying away from his own deeply felt and incredibly researched insights.
    I will pick up this book immediately.
    He is not only an historian, but a deeply important advisorial teacher who imparts us with great wisdom.


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