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Did "bureaucratic rationality" cause the Holocaust?

I have just read a short book by the Italian Trotskyist Enzo Traverso, The Origins of Nazi Violence (New Press, 2003) that seeks to rearrange our understanding of the sources of genocide.

Any lingering antisemitism from antiquity or the Middle Ages is rejected in favor of imperialism and the scientific racism it spawned. Thus, despite the author's disavowals, there is little unique about the Holocaust--it is but one of many examples of modernity's onward march. It is one inevitable aspect of "the civilizing process", says Traverso.

IN THE NEWS: Chicago Public School "Jew Incinerator" Game


Anti-Semitism Erupts at Chicago Public School with 'Jew Incinerator' Game

The mother of a Jewish Chicago Public Schools (CPS) student tried for weeks to get the CPS to address the anti-Semitic bullying being perpetrated against her eighth grader, but little was done until the parent contacted local media. The bullying got so bad that kids had joined an online game with a team called the "Jew Incinerators."

CALL FOR PAPERS: Tel Aviv University - Roth Center

The Lester and Sally Entin Faculty of Humanities

The Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism Invite MA and PhD students and postdoctoral scholars at TAU to submit applications to:

The Roth Institute Research Group on Antisemitism and Racism 2014-2015

The group will serve as a forum for research students (MA, PhD), post-doctoral scholars and faculty at Tel Aviv University whose research addresses various aspects of racism and antisemitism in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The Future of the Past Conference Program Available


Dear colleagues,

The program for the upcoming conference, The Future of the Past: Representing the Holocaust, Genocide, and Mass Trauma in the 21st Century, is now available via the conference website:


The Future of the Past is the inaugural cross-institutional and inter-disciplinary conference convened by Deakin University and the Jewish Holocaust Centre