Antisemitism and the Politics of Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK and Italy

  • Philip Spencer
  • Sara Valentina Di Palma
Part of the Muslims in Global Societies Series book series (MGSS, volume 5)


Since the inception of Holocaust Memorial Day, the event and its focus have come under considerable attack from a number of quarters, particularly (although by no means exclusively) from some sections of Muslim communities. This chapter analyses some of the arguments advanced and the extent to which they reflect in both the UK and Italy a growing and wider reluctance to acknowledge the centrality of antisemitism to the Holocaust. It suggests that this may be connected to a rearticulation of antisemitism in a new context which both risks silencing survivors anew and is counterproductive for thinking about the problem of genocide today.


Jewish Identity Muslim Community Muslim Brotherhood Universal Significance Genocide Convention 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre National de la Recherche Scientif SociologieParisFrance
  2. 2.International Institute for Education and Research on AntisemitismLondonUK

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