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The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism to be Explored at Ramapo College

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)January 14, 2019

Dr. Paul Hanebrink

MAHWAH, N.J. – Dr. Paul Hanebrink, associate professor of History and Jewish Studies at Rutgers University, will speak on Thursday, March 7 at noon in the H-wing Auditorium at Ramapo College of New Jersey about his recently published book, A Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism (Harvard University Press, 2018). The program will be presented under the auspices of the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and is free and open to the public.

For much of the twentieth century, Europe was haunted by the myth Judeo-Bolshevism, that Communism was a Jewish plot to destroy the nations of Europe. Although a contrived paranoid fantasy that took hold during the Russian Revolution, it spread across Europe becoming a potent political weapon of fascists, Nazis, conservative Christians, and other Europeans terrified by Communism. Under the Third Reich, the myth of Judeo-Bolshevism underpinned the Holocaust. Hanebrink argues that the Cold War saw a continuation of the myth that persists on both sides of the Atlantic until today.

Hanebrink has been at Rutgers since 2001. He is the author of In Defense of Christian Hungary: Religion, Nationalism, and Antisemitism, 1890–1944 (Cornell University Press, 2006). He received a Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago in 2000.

For information or to request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact or call 201-684-7409.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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