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The Revival of Philosemitism in Europe

    closeportrait_l2011By 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.

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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?
                                                                                                                                                        Read more… 

*E. Mozes, d-05, 2016Jan16
** Out of the numerous existing spellings we knowingly prefer ‘Antisemitism’ and ‘Philosemitism’.
*** Based also on Wikipedia

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