Elie Wiesel Goes to Moscow: On the (In)visibility of Systemic Antisemitism

Posted by on Monday, April 3, 2023 in Lectures and Podcasts.

Vanderbilt Law School, Dean’s Lecture Series on Race and Discrimination
April 3, 2023

Two decades after he was liberated from Auschwitz, and two decades before he won the Nobel Peace Price, Elie Wiesel visited the USSR to report back on the plight of Soviet Jews. His 1966 travelogue, The Jews of Silence, became the galvanizing book in a global human rights campaign that succeeded in securing freedom of emigration for millions of oppressed Jews. How did Wiesel help Westerners recognize antisemitism as systemic and structural in nature? And why has such an understanding fallen out of contemporary conversations about this oldest of oppressions?

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