The Bernard G. and Rhoda G. Sarnat Center for the Study of Anti-Jewishness aims to promote a deeper understanding of the genesis, causes, nature, and consequences of anti-Jewish prejudice, as well as Jewish and non-Jewish responses to this phenomenon, especially in North and South America, from both a historical and contemporary perspective.

 The center initiates and supports research, lectures, and conferences, and carries out activities in partnership with other Brandeis departments, centers and institutes, as well as other universities and organizations.


Antisemitism: Historical Concept, Public Discourse
coedited by Guy Miron, Open University of Israel, and Scott Ury, Tel Aviv University

A ground-breaking collection including over twenty essays by prominent scholars from Europe, Israel and the United States regarding the history, implementation and challenges of using “antisemitism” and related terms as tools for both historical analysis and public debate. Through its diverse contributions by a range of leading scholars, this collection makes a unique, sophisticated contribution to current debates in both the academic and the public realms regarding the nature and study of antisemitism today.

The Soviet Jewish Bookshelf
by Marat Grinberg

The Soviet Jewish Bookshelf explores postwar Russian Jewish identity and culture in the face of persistent antisemitism and discrimination, is slated for spring 2023. The author reconstructs post-Holocaust Soviet Jewish identity and culture through the novel concept of Soviet Jewish bookshelf as the basis of Soviet Jews’ improbably defiant and necessarily makeshift Jewish heritage and knowledge. In an atmosphere where Judaism was all but destroyed and the very public presence of the Jew delegitimized, Jewish memory and identity continued to exist and develop through subversive and implicit reading practices, underpinned by fractured memories and half-whispered conversations.

On the Bookshelf

cover image of Belonging and Betrayal depicts a portion of the painting "The Art Dealers" (1912) by Édouard Vuillard. This painting is a double portrait of two brothers, Josse and Gaston Bernheim-Jeune, who were art dealers in Paris. We see them in their gallery, with electric lights on the wall to illuminate the artworks. In the foreground, Gaston is sitting in a nonchalant way on the arm of a chair, while in the background, Josse is seated behind a desk. Neither one is looking at the artist, as if they were unaware of his presence as an observer.

Charles Dellheim

Tells the story of the fortunes and misfortunes of a small number of eminent art dealers and collectors who, against the odds, played a pivotal role in the migration of works of art from Europe to the United States and in the triumph of modern art


Cover of Inside the Antisemitic Mind: The Language of Jew-Hatred in Contemporary Germany

Monika Schwarz-Friesel and Jehuda Reinharz

Exploring expressions of antisemitism in Germany today


Cover of Sites of European Antisemitism in the Age of Mass Politics, 1880-1918

Robert Nemes and Daniel Unowsky, editors

Explores local incidents of antisemitism and antisemitic violence across Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries


Cover of book Germany's Prophet: Paul de Lagarde and the Origins of Modern Antisemitism

Ulrich Sieg

A provocative and disquieting portrait of Bible scholar and founder of modern German antisemitism Paul de Lagarde


Cover of book Religion and Jewish Identity in the Soviet Union, 1941-1964

Mordechai Altshuler

Unearths the roots of a national awakening among Soviet Jews during World War II and its aftermath


Book cover for Jewish Dimensions in Modern Visual Culture: Antisemitism, Assimilation, Affirmation

Rose-Carol Washton Long, Matthew Baigell, and Milly Heyd, editors

A fascinating look at key aspects of visual culture in modern Jewish history