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The Perdition Affair

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Until the early 1980s the myth of Nazi-Zionist collaboration had not figured greatly in anti-Zionist propaganda emanating from British sources. During the intense wave of anti-Zionism which swept British campuses in the late 1970s, the main attack stemmed from the equation of Zionism with racism and the association of Israel with South Africa. The invasion of Lebanon in 1982, however, triggered an avalanche of anti-Zionism which saw major innovations in the British context. One of the most significant was the introduction on a large scale of the myth of Nazi-Zionist collaboration.

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  1. Lenni Brenner, Zionism in the Age of the Dictators (London: Zed Books, 1983). On the book and the tour, see Bryan Cheyette’s review in Patterns of Prejudice, vol. 17, no. 3, July 1983, pp. 49–51.

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  2. Jim Allen, Perdition, A Play in Two Acts (London: Ithaca Press, 1987).

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  3. See Cheyette, Patterns of Prejudice; Robert S. Wistrich, Hitler’s Apocalypse: Jews and the Nazi Legacy (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1985), chapters 10, 11; Gill Seidel, The Holocaust Denial: Anti-Semitism, Racism and the New Right (Leeds: Beyond the Pale Collective/Turnaround Distribution, 1986), pp. 85–92.

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Cesarani, D. (1990). The Perdition Affair. In: Wistrich, R.S. (eds) Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism in the Contemporary World. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-349-11262-3_5

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