"One of Wistrich's most startling discoveries was what he thought was a Soviet anti-Semitic trope turns out to have originated from the British Labour movement at the turn of the last century. "What struck me quite forcefully when researching this book was how much Great Britain is responsible for its own indigenous - and contemporary - anti-Semitic traditions." Among them are the widespread theories of Jewish world conspiracy manipulated by the British Left during the Boer War of 1899-1902. Wistrich argues that that war - as contentious and polarising as any in the modern period - saw the emergence of a radical anti-war movement which coined conspiracy terminology such as "Imperialist Judaism" to describe how prominent Jewish financiers in South Africa allegedly plunged the British Empire into a disastrous conflict. These ideas would resurface with the emergence of Oswald Mosley and his British Union of Fascists in the 1930s, who accused Jews of dragging Britain into war with Germany, and again with the radical anti-Iraq War movement and its accusations of "Jewish cabels", neo-conservative conspiracies and claims of "Zionist imperialism"." - Winston Pickett, Jewish Chronicle, June 29th, 2012 "Professor Robert Wistrich is the world's foremost scholar on the ideological pathology of anti-Semitism... From Ambivalence to Betrayal is a warning we can nolonger afford to ignore. Anti-Semitism, driven underground by Kristallnacht and Auschwitz, has returned to the mainstream of Western politics. Our generation will be judged by the speed and mettle of our response, just as our fathers' and grandfathers' generations were damned by their failure to act until after the gas chambers had done their worst." - Stephen Daisley, Standpoint, September 2012 "A new, substantial contribution to material examining the hardening of the political left, notably in relation to Israel and the Jews, comes from Robert S. Wistrich. Entitled From Ambivalence to Betrayal, it is analytical and wide-ranging and written by an expert in anti-Semitism studies."-Jewish Chronicle, November 2012 "A new, substantial contribution to material examining the hardening of the political left, notably in relation to Israel and the Jews, comes from Robert S. Wistrich. Entitled From Ambivalence to Betrayal, it is analytical and wide-ranging and written by an expert in anti-Semitism studies."-Jewish Chronicle, November 2012
About the Author
Robert S. Wistrich is the Neuburger Professor of European and Jewish history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and director of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism. He is the author of numerous books, including, most recently, "A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad" (2010) and "Laboratory for World Destruction: Germans and Jews in Central Europe" (Nebraska, 2007).