Exhibiting Fascism: An Exhibition Explores the Allure of Radicalism

September 23, 2021

In recent months, I have had the privilege of helping curate an exhibition, “This Fascist Life: Radical Right Movements in Interwar Europe,” which is running from October 2021 to February 2022 at the Wiener Holocaust Library in London. Just as the Science Museum’s new show, “Our Future...

Radicalization in a Historical Context

June 27, 2016

Is radicalization necessarily a bad thing?  Following the pusillanimous and gristly assassination of Jo Cox, member of Parliament for Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire, the subject of radicalization is prominent in British news once more. This ought not to surprise: The arrested and charged...

Practice and Practitioners of Holocaust Denial

May 14, 2015

Debating with Holocaust deniers may be pointless, but trying to understand their motives and arguments is not. Each year, I take a vote in my “The Third Reich, 1933-1945” module at Teesside University as to whether the subject of Holocaust denial should replace an existing lecture on the...

Why We Must Keep the Memory of the Holocaust Alive

January 27, 2015

With growing anti-Semitism in Europe and the Middle East, Holocaust Memorial Day matters more than ever. On January 29, 1945, Victor Klemperer, a Jewish academic in Dresden, recorded in his diary being told by a friend about a speech on the radio given by the émigré writer Thomas...

From Shame to Pride: The Fall of the Berlin Wall Through German Eyes

November 09, 2014

Celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall is a way of not only remembering, but also overcoming Germany’s difficult history. Twenty-five years ago, on November 9, 1989, the fall of the Berlin Wall was celebrated around the world. A happier ending couldn’t have been produced in Hollywood....

Remembering Belzec

January 27, 2014

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, a look at one of the Third Reich’s nearly-forgotten death machines. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Third Reich’s invasion of Poland — a date when most scholars argue that, under the cover of total war, Nazism’s so-called "Final Solution of the...

Iran’s Interests in the Nuclear Negotiations

December 04, 2013

Iran’s goal in the nuclear negotiations is not just an easing of sanctions. Iran’s catastrophic economic situation is seen by many observers as the Rouhani government’s central motive to end the nuclear standoff – and the sanctions against Iran – as quickly as...

The Obama Administration and the Israel Lobby

May 03, 2013

Jerome Slater analyzes the power of the Israel lobby and argues that US support for Israel is the result of the convergence of a wide range of factors, not solely determined by the Israel lobby. In light of Israeli rigidity and continuing expansion into the Palestinian territories of East...