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Yad Vashem Announces First Book in New Series on Anti-Semitism

Europes Crumbling Myths: The Post-Holocaust Origins of Todays Anti-Semitism Was Presented Today to Israeli Government Minister Natan Sharansky

1 January 2004

 Pictured (left to right) are Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate; Cabinet Minister Natan Sharansky; Dr. Laurence Weinbaum, Director of Research at the Institute of the World Jewish Congress; and Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, author of <i>Europe's Crumbling Myths</i> and Chairman of the Board of Fellows of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs Pictured (left to right) are Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate; Cabinet Minister Natan Sharansky; Dr. Laurence Weinbaum, Director of Research at the Institute of the World Jewish Congress; and Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, author of Europe's Crumbling Myths and Chairman of the Board of Fellows of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Yad Vashem announced today the publication of the first book in a new series on anti-Semitism. Europes Crumbling Myths: The Post-Holocaust Origins of Todays Anti-Semitism by Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, Chairman of the Board of Fellows of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, is a joint publication of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Yad Vashem, and the World Jewish Congress.

Israeli Cabinet Minister Natan Sharansky was presented with a copy today at a ceremony at his office. As Minister for Diaspora Affairs, one of Sharanskys duties is to lead Israels fight against anti-Semitism in the international arena. The book was presented by the author and representatives of the publishers: Dr. Dore Gold, President of the JCPA; Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate; and Dr. Laurence Weinbaum, Director of Research at the Institute of the World Jewish Congress.

Europes Crumbling Myths is the first in a new series of publications on post-Holocaust issues to be published jointly by Yad Vashem and the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. It features a foreword by the late Emil L. Fackenheim and interviews with 15 leading scholars, including Yad Vashems Academic Advisor, Prof. Yehuda Bauer; Head of the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, Prof. David Bankier; former Israeli Government Minister, Rabbi Michael Melchior; Canadian Minister of Justice, The Hon. Irwin Cotler; Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, Deborah E. Lipstadt; and Dr. Laurence Weinbaum.