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The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) organises academic events in order to provide the broader public as well as an expert audience with regular insights into the most recent research results in the fields of Holocaust, genocide, and racism research. These events, some of which extend beyond academia in the stricter sense, take on different formats ranging from small lectures to the larger Simon Wiesenthal Lectures and from workshops addressing an expert audience to larger international conferences and the Simon Wiesenthal Conferences. This reflects the institute’s wide range of activities.


The range of events further extends to the presentation of selected new publications on the institute’s topics of interest, interventions in the public space, the film series VWI Visuals, and the fellows’ expert colloquia.



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Michael Blume: Antisemitism and the Media: Experiences from Science and Practice

Wednesday, 15. June 2022, 15:00 - 17:00

Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien (VWI) 1010 Wien, Rabensteig 3, Research Lounge


In times of crises – such as pandemics and wars – we experience an increase of uncertainty on a global and personal level. Unfortunately, this provides the ideal breeding ground for conspiracy theories and myths. Those myths often conclude with a centuries-old image of a stereotypical enemy: the story of a global Jewish conspiracy. This delusion is fuelled even further by social media, where users are bombarded with disinformation and hate speech.

Dr Blume will talk about how even people from the mainstream of society can fall into in anti-Semitic worldviews and how our democracies could defend themselves from this threat.

Michael Blume is a religious scholar and has worked in the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg since 2003. He was in charge of the “State Ministry Special Quota Project for Vulnerable Women and Children From North Iraq” and was head of the unit for “Non-Christian religions, Values, Minorities, Projects Northern Iraq”. In March 2018, he was appointed as the State Commissioner of Baden-Württemberg against Antisemitism. He publishes books and blogs regularly on different topics in the fields of religion and politics. Since 2020 he is running the podcast “Verschwörungsfragen”, in which he is shedding light on anti-Semitic myths.

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