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Behind the Humanitarian Mask: The Nordic Countries, Israel and the Jews Paperback – September 1, 2008


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9652180661
  • ISBN-13: 978-9652180667
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,327,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is an impressive and serious survey of different forms of anti-Semitism in the Nordic countries. The author also shows how anti-Semitism has become synonymous with anti-Israelism. The book is therefore a valuable tool in the public debate for all those who want Israel to remain as a nation and for the Jewish community to live in a safe environment in our countries. --Annelie Enochson, Member of the Swedish Parliament

Almost no scholarly works existed on the Nordic Countries and Israel until this recent contribution by Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld. His research offers a pioneering and thought-provoking analysis based on existing source material and interviews. Since his work is multi-focused on economic, political and moral issues, it will certainly give new impetus to a wider societal discussion. This book is of interest to anyone concerned with modern history and its implications evident in current relations between the Nordic Countries and Israel. --Hannu Takkula, Member of European Parliament (Finland), Vice Chair, Committee on Culture and Education

About the Author

Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld is chairman of the Board of Fellows of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, an editor of the Jewish Political Studies Review, publisher of Changing Jewish Communities, and co-publisher of Post¬Holocaust and Anti-Semitism and Jerusalem Viewpoints.

Gerstenfeld has been an international business strategist for forty years. His background is in chemistry, economics, environmental studies and Jewish studies. He is a former director in an international business consultancy whose other shareholders included four of the world's largest banks. He has worked in twenty countries and his clients have included the boards of several of the world's largest multinational companies, as well as governments. He has also been a board member of several public companies including a large investment firm.

Gerstenfeld has authored ten books and edited four. Books of his have been published in five languages, including the Italian bestseller Revaluing Italy. He has also published articles in leading newspapers and journals in various countries on political, economic, environmental, religious, and historical subjects.

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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 9, 2008
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I found this book fascinating reading. I had always assumed,as I suspect many others do, that the The Nordic countries, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Iceland are the most enlightened and humane of societies. This book, a collection of essays and interviews edited and introduced by Manfred Gerstenfeld, sees behind this `humanitarian mask'. The picture is not pretty.
Sweden and Norway especially are revealed as countries whose governments have been hypocritical to the first degree. While pretending to be champions of `human rights' they have tolerated and even abetted the development of Anti- Semitism in their own societies. They have not been honest in relation to their own Nazi- connected histories. They have funded Palestinian organizations directly involved in Terror. They have taken repeatedly one - sided actions against Israel, and used whatever influence they have had in international forums to demonize the Jewish state.
In one of the most damning essays in the book Efraim Zuroff makes a close study of Sweden's failure to prosecute Nazi war- criminals. While it has proclaimed aloud its opposition to racism, and its condemnation of the Holocaust it has at the same time allowed Nazi- war- criminals to take refuge in the society. It has prosecuted not a single one.
Former Israeli Ambassador to Sweden, Zvi Mazel in an interview with Gerstenfeld points out the varied sources of Anti- Semitism in Swedish society. It is not only the government but the traditional Swedish Lutheran church which has played a despicable role here. And this when it is perhaps above all the long- ruling ( 1932-2006) Left- wing Social- Democrat party who historically have pushed Sweden into being one of the most anti- Israeli countries in Europe.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME on December 20, 2008
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This disturbing book exposes the levels of antisemitism in the Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway & Sweden through a collection of interviews & essays, mostly by Israeli & Scandinavian scholars. The editor contributed an introduction & concluding summary. In the foreword Gert Weisskirchen, the representative of the chairman of the OSCE discusses the new antisemitism and ways to counteract it. Like Bernard Harrison and William Nicholls, he considers anti-Zionism the dominant current mutation of antisemitism and singles out the Left of the political spectrum & the mainstream media as its most important sources & conduits.

Scandinavian Judeophobia is not new. Even though these countries are overwhelmingly secular, their Lutheran heritage influences current attitudes to Jews & the State of Israel. Denmark, Iceland & Finland are not free of the plague but Norway & Sweden are infected to an alarming degree. The mental virus issues forth from the leftwing elites, the Lutheran Church and the large immigrant communities of Middle Eastern origin. The familiar axis of leftists in government, academia & the NGOs, slavishly supported by the media, is very pronounced here. Bruce Bawer's riveting account of the situation in Norway in
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