Anti-neo-Nazi demonstrators protest during a National Socialist Movement rally in Los Angeles in 2010.

Anti-neo-Nazi demonstrators protest during a National Socialist Movement rally in Los Angeles in 2010.

About 4.2 million anti-Semitic messages were posted on Twitter between late January 2017 and January 2018, according to a May 2018 report from the Anti-Defamation League.

The FBI has tracked an increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes.

And a recent report found that Americans’ knowledge of the Holocaust is fading. As The New York Times reports:

Thirty-one percent of Americans, and 41 percent of millennials, believe that two million or fewer Jews were killed in the Holocaust; the actual number is around six million. Forty-one percent of Americans, and 66 percent of millennials, cannot say what Auschwitz was. And 52 percent of Americans wrongly think Hitler came to power through force.

“As we get farther away from the actual events, 70-plus years now, it becomes less forefront of what people are talking about or thinking about or discussing or learning,” said Matthew Bronfman, a board member of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which commissioned the study. “If we wait another generation before you start trying to take remedial action, I think we’re really going to be behind the eight ball.”

Given these statistics, we ask: What is effective in the fight against anti-Semitism?


  • Jonathan Greenblatt CEO, Anti-Defamation League; @JGreenblattADL
  • Jonathan Weisman Deputy Washington editor, The New York Times; Author, "(((Semitism))): Being Jewish in the Age of Trump"; @jonathanweisman
  • Yavilah McCoy CEO, Dimensions Consulting
  • Jeffrey Herf Distinguished professor of modern European history, University of Maryland; @JeffreyHerf

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