Jeremy P. Brown, PhD / McGill University
On the History of Antisemitism in Argentina (Marking Twenty-Five Years Since the AMIA Bombing
On July 18, 1994, a car bomb exploded on Calle Pasteur, destroying the AMIA building, the administrative hub of the Jewish community in Buenos Aires. This attack on the largest Jewish community in Latin America resulted in the loss of 84 lives and hundreds of injuries. To mark twenty-five years since the attack, this lecture will offer a general overview of the history of antisemitism in Argentina. It will review some of the most pivotal manifestations of anti-Jewish violence in the country, from the events of La Semana Tragica in 1919 to the attacks on the Israeli Embassy and AMIA in the 1990s and their repercussions. But beyond rehashing these incidents themselves, the lecture will profile various streams of Judeophobic ideology in Argentina—Catholic nationalism, right-wing peronism, and neo-nazism—and examine their relationships to some more familiar European discourses of anti-Jewish hostility. Focal topics will include opposition to Jacques Maritain and Nostra Aetate, the “Plan Andinia” canard, and anti-kabbalism. The lecture will conclude by considering how the case of Argentina informs the study of antisemitism globally, and with some reflections on the potential pitfalls of educating people in North (of the Rio Grande) America about Latin antisemitism in the current Hispanophobic political climate.
Free and open to the public
Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program/Leon Black Lecture Series and Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies
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