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Jews in Modern Europe Study Group

A Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism


November 15, 2018
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
November 15, 2018
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall

For much of the twentieth century, Europe was haunted by a threat of its own imagining: Judeo-Bolshevism. This myth—that Communism was a Jewish plot to destroy the nations of Europe—was a paranoid fantasy. And yet fears of a Jewish Bolshevik conspiracy took hold during the Russian Revolution and spread across the continent. In A Specter Haunting Europe, Paul Hanebrink asks why the myth of Judeo-Bolshevism endured for so long in so many places and what legacy this idea has left for the contemporary far right on both sides of the Atlantic.

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