Germany's Responsibility in Fighting Antisemitism Today

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German Ambassador Emily Haber will discuss Germany's responsiblity in facing the past and fighting antisemitism today with Michael Brenner

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American University's Center for Israel Studies and Jewish Studies Program will feature an online conversation between German Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Emily Haber and CIS director Professor Michael Brenner on "Germany’s Responsibility in Facing the Past and Fighting Antisemitism Today."

The fight against antisemitism plays a particularly important role in Germany compared to other countries. Everyone living in Germany bears responsibility for ensuring that the crimes of National Socialism must never be forgotten.

Combating antisemitism is an ongoing task, requiring steadily renewed effort. The past several years, which have seen an increase in violent attacks, online hate speech, and other antisemitic incidents, have made this clear.

As German Ambassador to the United States since June 2018, Dr. Emily Haber has engaged with Americans on Jewish life in Germany, Holocaust remembrance, and the fight against antisemitism in numerous forums and contexts. Prior to her transfer to Washington, DC, she served in various leadership functions at the Foreign Office in Berlin. In 2009, she was appointed Political Director and, in 2011, State Secretary, the first woman to hold either post. Thereafter, she was deployed to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, serving as State Secretary in charge of homeland security .and migration policy from 2014 until 2018.

Michael Brenner holds the Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies at American University and is the Chair for Jewish History and Culture at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. He is the International President of the Leo Baeck Institute for German-Jewish History and Culture and editor of A History of Jews in Germany since 1945.

This event is part of American University's 2020-21 virtual series, Antisemitism Since the Holocaust: America, Israel and Europe. Please see the series website to access video recordings of other sessions in the series.


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American University’s Center for Israel Studies is one of the nation’s premier centers for educating about today’s Israel—its achievements and its challenges. Our approach is multidisciplinary, going beyond the Arab-Israeli conflict to study modern Israel’s history, vibrant society, culture, multiethnic democracy, and complex geopolitical issues. The center’s goal is to enhance scholarship and knowledge in the university and the wider community about a multifaceted Israel. Using AU’s expertise in global education, and its central location in Washington, D.C., CIS seeks to connect Israel to the next generation of young leaders and to serve as a national and international hub for nurturing and catalyzing Israel studies.


 

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