Center for Jewish History Announces President Gavriel Rosenfeld’s new co-edited book, Fascism in America: Past and Present

New York, NY (October 12, 2023)

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New York, NY – The Center for Jewish History (CJH) announced today the release of a new co-edited volume by the organization’s president, Gavriel Rosenfeld, entitled Fascism in America: Past and Present (Cambridge University Press).Co-edited with historian and Past President of the German Studies Association, Janet Ward (U. of Oklahoma), the volume explores how fascist ideas and organizations took root in the United States during the 1930s and have continued up to the present day. The volume features twelve essays from leading experts on fascism, and an extended introduction and epilogue that address pressing issues pertaining to the rise of, and response, to rightwing extremism in American life.

Dr. Gavriel Rosenfeld, president of the Center for Jewish History said, “As the western world marks the 90th anniversary of Hitler’s rise to power in Germany in 1933, it is crucial to understand not only the circumstances that produced fascism not only in Europe but in the United States as well. The twelve essays in our volume reveal that fascist movements and ideas have long had a presence in American life and need to be guarded against. By examining the spread of those ideas and the organized efforts of various groups to combat them, we can better address the challenges we face from likeminded rightwing and neo-fascist groups.”

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The book release coincides with the Center for Jewish History’s upcoming public symposium (presented in partnership with the American Jewish Historical Society), Fighting Fascism: Jewish Responses from the Interwar Period to the Present. The event will convene more than 20 internationally renowned scholars at CJH on October 15, 2023, for an in-person discussion that will also be streamed online.  Panel sessions include “What is Fascism?” “Fighting Fascism in Europe, 1919-45” “Fighting Fascism in the United States, 1933-45,” “Fighting Fascism in Culture,” and “Fighting Fascism Today.”

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The program is presented with the generous support of Leonard Milberg and the Achelis & Bodman Foundation.