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The past decade has seen an alarming rise in antisemitic sentiment the world over – with violent attacks on synagogues by far-right extremists, and currents of hostility towards Jews from left-liberal circles. How do we account for this?

For this Fifth Estate conversation, presented in partnership with the Melbourne Writers Festival, Sally Warhaft will be joined by Jewish studies academic Dvir Abramovich and acclaimed historian Deborah Lipstadt.

In 1993, Lipstadt famously exposed David Irving as a Holocaust denier, leading to a sensational court case and a movie which made international news. Lipstadt and Abramovich will talk about recent expressions of antisemitism, and what can be done to counter them.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival and Melbourne Jewish Book Week.


Portrait of Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians' lives in the fog of the Covid-19 pandemic. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.

Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.

Portrait of Dvir Abramovich

Dvir Abramovich

Dvir Abramovich is chairman of The Anti-Defamation Commission, and the Israel Kipen Director of the Program in Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Melbourne. The author of six books, his latest publication, Fragments of Hell: Israeli Holocaust Literature, was published this year.

Portrait of Deborah Lipstadt

Deborah Lipstadt

Deborah Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, Atlanta. She is best known for the libel lawsuit against her by David Irving – after she called him a Holocaust denier; the trial judge found Irving to be a 'neo-Nazi polemicist'. Denial, starring Rachel Weisz, is based on her book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier. Her most recent book is Antisemitism Here and Now.

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