The Revival of Philosemitism in Europe
By Endre (Andre) MOZES *
beside sincere Holocaust remembrance and vigilance against Antisemitism,
we should pay more attention to rich traditions and future potentials of Philosemitism;
good coexistence, cooperation and friendships between Jews and gentiles – in the right proportions
Our Philosemitism Forum’s – and this website’s – purpose is not at all to forget the Holocaust or deny the existence of Antisemitism**; we do not say that Philosemitism is the ruling sentiment. What we do say is that, we should keep in mind and foster the good sides of Jewish-gentile coexistence too, because they are also true, and they are the hope.
Yes, this website is about Philosemitism – a word almost forgotten – and not about Antisemitism**, everywhere spoken about. Philosemitism has many meanings, even contradictory ones; we selected and shall speak about the meaning of good coexistence, mutual interest in each other, dialogue, useful cooperation and even friendship between Jews and non-Jews.*** [Attention: we’ve redefined the word Philosemitism; we use its positive meanings only – as Wikipedia also does – and ousted the old negative versions; the usage of the word had faded out anyway. ]
This website is the internet gateway of Philosemitism and our relating projects; researching, re-introducing and reviving in Europe this word and this concept. Our practical goal is, to raise awareness of the better sides of coexistence between Jews and non-Jews – we call Philosemitism – and to promote it in practice; first in East-Central Europe, then in entire Europe.
We are initiating a series of research projects and books in Europe to promote this concept. Our greatest achievement till now is the first book of the series published: “Ki szereti a zsidókat? A magyar filoszemitizmus” / – (Who likes the Jews? Hungarian Philosemitism – Endre MOZES at al., Noran Libro, Budapest 2014, 368pp ). Beside my several own writings I invited renowned contemporary Hungarian co-authors who wrote about as many aspects of the subject.****
The English translation of the book has started, the English edition scheduled for the second half of 2019. Research takes place about further similar projects in that region , with outstanding partners in Poland the Czech and Slovak Republics; and recently also into the past and present of Philosemitism in some Western European countries too.
The first reaction to our projects is, usually, surprise: Why Philosemitism??? We hear more about Antisemitism, don’t we?