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Harold Brackman received his doctorate in from UCLA in 1977 for a dissertation on the history of African American-Jewish relations. After a decade in academic teaching, he joined the Simon Wiesenthal and its Museum of Tolerance as a senior consultant on the history of global anti-Semitism and racism and intergroup relations in the US. His latest book (coauthored with Ephraim Isaac) is From Abraham to Obama: A History of Jews, Africans, and African Americans (Africa World Press, 2015).

ARTICLES BY: Harold Brackman

May 21, 2019 7:45 am

Historians and Jews

When the Nazis achieved power, Hanns Johst wrote the play Schlageter, which was performed on Hitler’s 44th birthday. Act I, Scene 1 was the source...

May 16, 2019 5:03 am

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s Orwellian Untruths About the Holocaust

The political scientist Leo Strauss wrote a book, Persecution and the Art of Writing (1952), arguing that great philosophers typically practiced deception because they had...

May 14, 2019 6:24 am

Israel in the Era of the New Isolationism

Maybe biblical Joseph’s cyclical dream of seven fat years followed by seven lean ones can be applied to America’s world politics. A “fat” cycle of...

May 8, 2019 10:18 am

Rediscovering American Antisemitism

Recently, an opinion writer in The Washington Post told readers that preoccupation with the Holocaust has blinded us to the prevalence of antisemitism in American...

May 3, 2019 9:02 am

Ben Hecht: Hero of Israel and the Holocaust

F. Scott Fitzgerald once remarked that “there are no second acts in American lives.” Two new biographies -- Adina Hoffman’s Ben Hecht: Fighting Words, Moving...

May 1, 2019 9:36 am

The Poway Chabad Synagogue Tragedy Has a Local History

Nicknamed “the city in the country,” Poway was once a sleepy agricultural community in northern San Diego County, until it boomed with the addition of...

April 23, 2019 11:02 am

Pete Buttigieg vs. the Pharisees

A few years younger than John F. Kennedy was when he set his sights on the White House, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has emerged as the...

April 15, 2019 4:05 am

The Troubling History Behind Quebec’s New Law to Ban Kippahs

Quebec’s new government has created a firestorm by proposing a new law outlawing the wearing of religious head coverings by public servants. The rationale is...

April 11, 2019 6:27 am

Shakespeare, the GOP, and the Changing Nature of Antisemitism

The GOP minority on the House Judiciary Committee recently decided to call a witness during a hearing on white nationalism and hate crimes who defended...

April 1, 2019 8:50 am

The Jews Who Fought Hitler in Hollywood

Ben Urwand’s The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact With Hitler (2013) is one of two recent books arguing that the legendary Hollywood studio heads were less than...

March 29, 2019 9:54 am

The Nexus Between Anti-Judaism and Antisemitism

In Civilization and Its Discontents (1930), Freud evoked the historic architecture of Rome in order to explain the structure of the human mind. What if...

March 26, 2019 2:18 pm

Despite Trump’s Friendship, North Korea Is an Enemy of Free People Everywhere

Last week, the international community erupted in various degrees of outrage over President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Yet...

March 22, 2019 11:16 am

Rose Schneiderman Fought for American Labor Rights — and Zionism

All of four feet, ten inches tall -- with a full head of red hair and a fiery oratorical style -- Rose Schneiderman was a...

March 21, 2019 4:14 am

What Is Ilhan Omar Really Up To?

The bipartisan coalition in American politics in support of Israel since 1948 has been a blessing for the Jewish state -- and sometimes even a...


Remembering a Military Photographer — and a Forgotten Israeli Hero - On Israel’s Memorial Day earlier this month, the family and friends...

Now Museum Pieces, Yiddish Typewriters Tell the Story of a Once-Vibrant Culture

Not long after the first models appeared on the market in the 1870s, the typewriter...


Abraham Foxman Talks Antisemitism, BDS, and Mel Gibson

Abraham Foxman is the National Director Emeritus of the Anti-Defamation League and a Holocaust survivor. He is the author of...

Israel’s Information War Is as Important as Its Military One

In recent months, the Israeli defense establishment has made increasing use of “information...

Next Israeli Government Could Soon Face New Iranian Terrorist Challenges

In Saturday's early hours, when the attention of most Israelis was focused on...


US Deploys More Troops to Middle East, Blames Iran for Tanker Attacks

The United States on Friday announced the deployment of 1,500 troops to the Middle East, describing it as an effort to bolster defenses against Iran as it accused the country's Revolutionary Guards...


Aid Pours In to Central Israeli Town Devastated by Wildfires – As wildfires destroyed most of the 50 or so homes in the town of Mevo Modi’im in central Israel on Thursday, Israelis from all around the country and Jewish organizations...

Middle East

Palestinians Reject Invitation to Economic Workshop in Bahrain Related to P... - The Palestinian Authority officially rejected an invitation by the United States on Wednesday to attend an economic workshop...