Anti-Semitism - Select Bibliography (English)

Compiled by Dr. Karin Doerr©
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada


Updated: February, 2024
(Updates in bold text)

This bibliography in progress contains well-established works by renowned scholars as well as lesser-known items (See references to works in German below).

There is a separate bibliography for Critical Writing on Literary and Artistic Responses to the Holocaust, one for Holocaust Memoirs, Testimonies, and Histories, and one for Critical Writing on Literary and Artistic Responses to the Holocaust.

For a list of Holocaust novels, stories, plays, and poems, see Literary Responses to the Holocaust.

Online References

Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism <>

Canadian Institute for the Study of Antisemitism <>

Comprehensive Reference Works 

Antisemitism: Historical Encyclopedia of Prejudice and Persecution. Richard S. Levy. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio Press, 2005.

Dictionary of Antisemitism: From the Earliest Times to the Present. Robert Michael and Philip Rosen. Lanham. MD: The Scarecrow Press, 2007. 

The Encyclopedia of the Holocaust. New York: Macmillan, 1990.

Nazi Deutsch/Nazi German: An English Lexicon of the Language of the Third Reich. Robert Michael and Karin Doerr. Newport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002.

The Translate Hate. Glossary. American Jewish Committee, Feb. 2021. [A comprehensive compilation, with introduction and explanations, of antisemitic terms, phrases, conspiracies, cartoons, themes, and memes.]

Translate Hate Glossary: How to Spot Antisemitism | AJC

Books and Articles

Theodor W. Adorno, “Elements of Antisemitism.” Trans. Edmund Jephcott (1947). In Can One Live after Auschwitz: A Philosophical Reader. Ed. Rolf Tiedeman. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2003) 391-426.

Allport, Gordon W. The Nature of Prejudice. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1954.

Baird, Robert M. and Stuart E. Rosenbaum. Bigotry, Prejudice and Hatred: Definitions, Causes and Solutions. Buffalo, New York: Prometheus Books, 1992.

Bankier, David. Ed. Probing the Depths of German Antisemitism in German Society and the Persecution of the Jews, 1933-1941. Jerusalem: Yad-Vashem & Berghahn Books & Leo Baeck. 2000. [A collection of articles on Nazi anti-Jewish policies, attitudes of Germany's elite, the churches, workers and "ordinary Germans"; with index of names and places. The book offers a study of the “pre-mass-deportations,” killing and persecution of Jews and expropriation of their property inside the Reich.]

Banton, M. The Race Concept. New York: Praeger, 1975.

Barrett, Stanley R. Is God a Racist? The Right Wing in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1987.

Bar-Tal, Daniel. "Delegitimization: The Extreme Case of Stereotyping and Prejudice." In Stereotyping and Prejudice: Changing Conceptions. New York, Berlin: Springer, 1989:169-182.

Bartov, Omer. The “Jew” in Cinema: From the Golem to Don’t Touch My Holocaust. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005.

Beloff, M. "Antisemitism Today." Patterns of Prejudice. 16 (no. 4), 1982.

Berenson, Edward. The Accusation. New York: W.W. Norton, 2019. [Blood libel in the United States]

Bergmann, Werner and Rainer Erb. Anti-Semitism in Germany: The Post-Nazi Epoch Since 1945. Trans. Belinda Cooper and Allison Brown. New Brunswick, US: Transaction Publishers, 1997.

Bramwell, Anna. Blood and Soil: Richard Walther Darré and Hitler's "Green Party". Abbotsbrook, 1985.

Bronner, Stephen Eric. A Rumor about the Jews: Reflections on Antisemitism and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000.

Brustein, William. The Logic of Evil: The Social Origins of the Nazi Party. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996. [Examining economic self-interest as the basis for Nazism's appeal; Party membership records] 

Calvocoressi, Peter, Guy Wint and John Pritchard. The Causes and Courses of the Second World War. London: Penguin, 1989.

Cashmore, Ernest. Dictionary of Race and Ethnic Relations. London and New York: Routledge, 1992.

Chalk, Frank and Kurt Jonassohn. The History of Sociology of Genocide: Analysis and Case Studies. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1990.

Chazan, Robert. Medieval Stereotypes and Modern Antisemitism. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.Cohn, Norman. Patterns of Prejudice. Volume 33 Issue 04. 1 Oct. 1999.

Craig, Gordon. The Germans. New York and Scarborough, ON: Meridian, 1982.

Dippel, John van Houten. Bound upon a Wheel of Fire: Why so Many German Jews Made the Tragic Decision to Remain in Nazi Germany. New York: Basic Books, 1996. [Discusses the lives of 6 Jews with high social positions: Bella Fromm (diary); Hans-Joachim Schoeps; Willstätter (Nobel prize laureate for chemistry); Leo Baeck (rabbi and influential religious leader).]

Elliott, Jean Leonard and Augie Fleras. Unequal Relations: An Introduction to Race, Ethnic and Aboriginal Dynamics in Canada. Scarborough, ON: Prentice Hall, 1996.

Felsenstein, Frank. Anti-Semitic Stereotypes: A Paradigm of Otherness in English Popular Culture, 1660-1830. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995.

Freud Loewenstein, Andrea. Loathsome Jews and Engulfing Women: Metaphors of Projection in the Works of Wyndham Lewis, Charles Williams, and Graham Greene. New York and London: New York University Press, 1993.

Geller, Jay. The Other Jewish Question: Identifying the Jew and Making Sense of Modernity. New York: Fordham University Press, 2011. (Jewish embodiment in Germanophone cultures between the Enlightenment and the Holocaust)

Gerstenfeld, Manfred. Europe’s Crumbling Myths: The Post-Holocaust Origins of Today’s Anti- Semitism. Forw. Emil L. Fackenheim. Jerusalem: Ben-Zvi, 2003.

Gilman, Sander. Difference and Pathology: Stereotypes of Sexuality, Race and Madness. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press 1985.

#Gilman, Sander and Steven Katz. Eds. Anti-Semitism in Times of Crisis. New York: New York University Press, 1991.

#Gilman, Sander. Jewish Self-Hatred: Anti-Semitism and the Hidden Language of the Jews. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986.

Götz, Aly. Europe against the Jews: 1880-1945. Trans. Jefferson Chase. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2020.

Graumann, Carl F. and Margret Wintermantel. "Discriminatory Speech Acts: A Functional Approach." In Stereotyping and Prejudice: Changing Conceptions. New York, Berlin: Springer, 1989:183-204.

Gutman, Yisrael. "On the Character of Nazi Antisemitism." In Antisemitism through the Ages. Ed. Almog. 349-80.

Herf, Jeffrey. The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda During World War II and the Holocaust. . Cambridge, MS: Harvard University Press, 2006.

Judaken, Jonathan. Jean-Paul Sartre and the Jewish Question: Anti-antisemitism and the Politics of the French Intellectual. Lincoln NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2006.

Katz, Jacob. From Prejudice to Destruction: Anti-Semitism, 1700-1933. Cambridge, MS, 1980.

Kertzer, David I., ed. Old Demons, New Debates: Anti-Semitism in the West. Teaneck, NJ: Holmes & Meier, 2005. [Articles by Omar Bartov, Robert S. Wistrich, Deborah Lipstadt, Nathan Glazer, Danila J. Goldhagen & o.]

Mellinkoff, Ruth. Outcasts: Signs of Otherness in Northern European Art of the Late Middle Ages. Vol. I and II. Berkeley, CA: University of California P, 1993.

Langmuir, Gavin I. Toward a Definition of Antisemitism. Berkeley: University of California, 1990.

Lassner, Phyllis and Lara Trubowitz. Eds. Antisemitism and Philosemitism in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2008.

Lewis, Bernard. “The New Anti-Semitism.” The American Scholar Vol. 75 No. 1 (Winter 2006): 25-36.

Lindemann, Albert S. Esau’s Tears: Modern Anti-Semitism and the Rise of the Jews. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Lipstadt, Deborah E. Antisemitism: Here and Now. New York: Schocken Books, 2018.

Loewenberg, Peter. "The Kristallnacht as a Public Degradation Ritual." LBIYB (1987) 309-23.

Memmi, A. Portrait of a Jew. New York: Viking, 1976.

Paris, Erna. The End of Days: A Story of Tolerance, Tyranny, and the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain. Toronto: Lester, 1995.

Proctor, Robert. Racial Hygiene. Cambridge, MS: Harvard University Press, 1988. 

Sartre, Jean-Paul. "Portrait of the Anti-Semite," In Baird, Robert M. and Stuart E. Rickman, Gregg. Hating the Jews: The Rise of Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century (Anti-Semitism in America series). Brighton MA: Academic Studies Press, 2012.

Rosenbaum. Bigotry, Prejudice and Hatred: Definitions, Causes and Solutions. Buffalo, New York: Prometheus Books, 1992, 35-45.

Schwarz-Friesel and Jehuda Reinharz. Inside the Antisemitic Mind. Waltham, MS: University Press of New England, 2016.

Steinman, Lionel B. Paths to Genocide: Anti-Semitism in Western History. Houndsmills, Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1998.

Steinweis, Alan E. Studying the Jew: Scholarly Antisemitism in Nazi Germany. London Cambridge, MS: Harvard University Press, 2006.

Stern, Guy. “The Rhetoric of Anti-Semitism in Postwar American Literature.” In Anti-Semitism Times of Crisis. Sander L. Gilman and Steven T. Katz, eds. New York: NY University Press, 1991, 291-310.

*Teter, Magda. “Reckoning with a Troubled Past.” Review of Catalogue of the Exhibition The Invention of the Culprit: The Case of the Little Simon of Trente.  In The New York Review of Books. Vol, LXX, number 5, 2023.

Volkov, Shulamit. “Antisemitism as a Cultural Code: Reflections on the History of Antisemitism in Imperial Germany.” Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook. Vol. 23, No. 1 (1978).

Walser Smith, Helmut. The Butcher’s Tale: Murder and Anti-Semitism in a German Town. New York: W.W. Norton, 2002.

Weiss, Bari. How to Fight Antisemitism. New York: Crown, 2019.

Weiner, Marc A. Richard Wagner and the Anti-Semitic Imagination. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska P, 1997.

Snider, Timothy. 20 Lessons on Tyranny. New York: Duggan Books, 2017.

Wistrich, Robert S. Antisemitism: The Longest Hatred. London: Methuen, 1991.

Wodak, Ruth. Language, Power and Ideology: Studies in Political Discourse. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1989. [Functions and definition of prejudice]

Young-Bruehl, Elisabeth. The Anatomy of Prejudices. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1996.

Related Publications

Ahrendt, Hannah. Rahel Varnhagen: the Life of a Jewess. Trans. from the German by Richard and Clara Winston. London: Pub. for the Institute by the East. 

Doerr, Karin. “Franz Kafka’s Last Story Under the Cloud of Antisemitism.” In Franz Kafka: “Josephine the Singer or The Nation of Mice.” Trans. Karin Doerr and Barbara Galli, with Gary Evans. Afterword Karin Doerr. Montreal: Hungry 1 Books, 2009.

Doerr, Karin "The Specter of Anti-Semitism in and around Annette von Droste-Hülshoff's Judenbuche." In German Studies Review. XVII (Oct. 1994):3.

Felstiner, John. Paul Celan: Poet, Survivor, Jew. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.

Carroll, James. Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001. 

Chazan, Robert. European Jewry and the First Crusade. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987.

Kaplan, Marion. Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Hoffman, Eva. Shtetl: The Life and Death of a Small Town and the World of Polish Jews. Boston, N.Y.: Houghton Mifflin, 1997.

The Holocaust: Selected Documents in Eighteen Volumes, 3. The Crystal Night Pogrom. John Mendelssohn, ed. New York: Garland, 1982. 

Mack, Michael. German Idealism and the Jew: The Inner Anti-Semitism of Philosophy and German Jewish Responses. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.

Passelecq, Georges and Bernard Suchecky. The Hidden Encyclical of Pius XI. Trans. From the French by Steven Rendall. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1997.

Presener, Todd Samuel. Mobile Modernity: Germans, Jews, Trains. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007.

Schama, Simon. Landscape and Memory. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995.

Steinman, Lionel B. Paths to Genocide: Anti-Semitism in Western History. Houndsmills, Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1998.

Wistrich, Robert S. Laboratory for World Destruction: Germans and Jews in Central Europe. Lincoln & London: University of Nebraska Press, 2007.

Wistrich, Robert S. Antisemitism: The Longest Hatred. London: Thames Methuen,1991.

German Books and Articles on Antisemitism

Adorno, Theodor. "Zur Bekämpfung des Antisemitismus heute." In Gesammelte Schriften. Bd. 20.1. Ed. Susan Buch-Morss und Klaus Schulz. Frankfurt/M: Suhrkamp, 1986, 361-383.

Albertsen, Ludwig Leif. "Der Jude in der deutschen Literatur 1750-1850. Bemerkungen zur Entwicklung eines literarischen Motivs zwischen Lessing und Freytag." In arcadia, 19 (1984), 21-33. 

Bayersdörfer, Hans-Peter. "Das Bild des Ostjuden in der deutschen Literatur." In Juden und Judentum in der Literatur. Eds. Herbert A. Strauss und Christhard Hoffmann. München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, 1985, 211-236.

Bergmann, Werner, Rainer Erb and Albert Lichtblau. Eds. Schwieriges Erbe: Der Umgang mit Nazionalsozialismus und Antisemitismus in Österreich, der DDR und der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Frankfurt: Campus, 1995.

Broder, Henryk M. Der Ewige Antisemit. Über Sinn und Funktion eines beständigen Gefühls. Frankfurt/M: Fischer, 1986.

Brumlik, Micha. "Die Angst vor dem Vater. Judenfeindliche Tendenzen im Umkreis neuer sozialer Bewegungen." In Antisemitismus nach dem Holocaust. Bestandsaufnahme und Erscheinungsformen in deutschsprachigen Ländern. Eds. Alphons Silbermann und Julius H. Schoeps. Köln: Verlag Wissenschaft und Politik, 1986, 133-162.

Fenichel, Otto. "Elemente einer psychoanalytischen Theorie des Antisemitismus'" in Detlef Claussen, ed. Vom Judenhaß zum Antisemitismus. Darmstadt/Neuwied, 1987.

Frank, Margit. Das Bild des Juden in der deutschen Literatur im Wandel der Zeitgeschichte. Studien zu jüdischen Gestalten und Namen in deutschsprachigen Romanen und Erzählungen 1918-1945. Freiburg: Burg-Verlag, 1987.

Graus, Franisek. Pest--Geissler--Judenmorde: Das 14. Jahrhundert als Krisenzeit. 

Göttingen: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht, 1988. 

Greive, Hermann. Geschichte des modernen Antisemitismus in Deutschland. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1983.

Hiemer, Ernst. Der Jude im Sprichwort der Völker. Nürnberg: Der Stürmer, 1942. [antisemitc text]

Jensen, Wilhelm. Die Juden von Cölln. Novelle aus dem deutschen Mittelalter. Flensburg, 1869.

Klüger, Ruth. Über deutsche Literatur. Goettingen: Wallstein-Verlag, 1994.

Kropat, Wolf-Arno. “Reichskristallnacht:” Der Judenpgrom vom 7. Bis 10. November 1938— Urheber, Täter, Hintergründe. Wiesbaden: Kommission für die Geschichte der Juden in Hessen, 1997.

Luther, Martin. Weimarer Ausgabe, Tischreden II. No. 2634a. Weimar: H. Böhlau, 1883.

Michalski, Gabrielle. Der Antisemitismus im deutschen akademischen Leben in der Zeit nach dem I. Weltkrieg. Frankfurt/M: Peter Lang, 1980.

Peters, Paul. Heinrich Heine "Dichterjude:" Die Geschichte einer Schmähung. Frankfurt/M: Anton Hain, 1990.

Raabe, Wilhelm. Höxter und Corvey.In Sämtliche Werke. Braunschweiger Ausgabe. Vol 11. Freiburg und Braunschweig, 1956.

Reichel, Peter. Politik mit der Erinnerung: Gedächtnisorte im Streit um die nationalsozialistische Vergangenheit. München: Carl Hanser, 1995. 

Safrian, Hans and Hans Witek. Eds. Und keiner war dabei. Dokumente des alltäglichen Antisemitismus in Wien 1938. Vienna: Picus, 1988. [A self-condemning documentary on account of the antisemitic expressions in Vienna in the wake of the Anschluß.]

Treitschke, Heinrich von. Deutsche Geschichte im Neunzehnten Jahrhundert. Leipzig, 1879- 1894.

Willms, Johannes. Der 9. November: Fünf Essays zur deutschen Geschichte. München: C.H. Beck, 1994.

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