Jacob Ari Labendz
Historian, Vegan, Semi-Pro-Jew
My interests include Jewish culture and history, memory studies, diaspora studies, Central Europe, the Middle East, film, and comedy.
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I haven’t posted in a while, which means that some updates and posts moving forward may not reflect chronological order.
“Memorializing vs. Historicizing: Confederate Monuments and the Contested Past.”
On Feb. 28, 2018, I had the honor of participating in a YSU symposium, held at the Steel Museum the history, legacy, and future of Confederate monuments. The panel was moderated by Donna DeBlasio and featured Tiffany Anderson and Traci Manning.
I spoke about the lessons we might learn from the history of statues to communism and fascism in Central Europe and the connection of those concerns to present politics at home.
Here’s a news report: http://wytv.com/2018/02/28/ysu-panel-discusses-confederate-monuments/.
Renee Fox of the Tribune Chronicle interviewed me for her excellent article, “Hate on the Rise,” which appeared on August 27, 2017.
The “Gorka Affair” – questions about Sebastian Gorka’s possible ties to racist-rightwing movements in Hungary – has set the two main American-Jewish publications against one another. Here’s my take in The Marginalia Review of Books on the man, his politics, and why they matter so much.
I will be giving an address at Annual Memorial Service for the Czechoslovak Jewish Victims of Nazism, convened by the Society for the History of Czechoslovak Jews:
“A Diaspora of Time: The Society for the History of Czechoslovak Jews, 1961-1994”
Rabbi Norman Patz, a former President of the society, will lead the memorial service, with the participation of Cantor Natasha Hischhorn.
Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, New York, NY 10021.
I’ll be talking about White Nationalism in the shadow of Weimar & the rise of Nazism.
Or, everything you wanted to know about WN-Twitter but were too disgusted to ask.
I am delighted to announce the publication of my latest article in the Jahrbuch für Antisemitismusforschung [Yearbook for Research on Antisemitism], v. 25 (2016, in English): 327-62.
Does Germany Need “Antisemitism”? Reflections amid a “Crisis”
The article is only available in print.
Click here for the Yearbook TOC.
Click here to read about the forthcoming issue of Jewish Culture and History, which will be a special issue, edited by me: “Jewish Property after 1945: Cultures and Economies of Ownership, Loss, Recovery, and Transfer.”
Veganism in and of itself is the practice of abstaining from the use and exploitation of animals as far as practical. Veganism rejects the mainstream narrative that animals are here for us to use i…
Source: Dismantling White Veganism, i.e., I did not write this but think it’s worth reading.
East Central Europe just published my review of James Krapfl’s 2013 book, Revolution with a Human Face: Politics, Culture, and Community in Czechoslovakia, 1989-1992.
For those interested in the region, the period, or revolutions, I highly recommend the book.
For those interested in my opinions, I highly recommend the review.