The Plot Against America: Antisemitism Run Amok

Thursday, May 21, 2020

This event was held on May 21. Recording available HERE.

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In the counterfactual novel The Plot Against America, the basis for the recent HBO series, Phillip Roth imagined an America where antisemitism ran amok. But the many historic events depicted on the page and screen reveal the deep currents of antisemitism coursing through American life in the 1930s and 1940s.  They serve as sobering reminders of a past when America’s Jews responded to antisemitism, just as they must again today.


  • Michael Berenbaum, Independent Consultant; professor of Jewish Studies and director of the Sigi Ziering Institute, American Jewish University in Los Angeles
  • Pamela S. Nadell, Professor and Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s & Gender History, American University

Each week during Jewish American Heritage month, we’ll sit down virtually with some of our favorite historians and Museum advisors (who happen to be leading scholars of American Jewish history) to find out how they’re doing and to learn how the Jewish community has faced and overcome crises throughout American history.

Image copyright HBO 2020.

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