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.***
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 his own writings I invited there 25 renowned contemporary Hungarian co-authors who wrote about as many aspects of the subject.****
The translation of the book to English has started, for an English edition, publication is scheduled for the first half of 2018. Intensive communications are going on today about similar projects in the region with outstanding research, writing and editing partners in Poland, and have started in the Czech and Slovak Republics.
The first reaction to our projects is, usually, surprise: Why Philosemitism??? We hear more about Antisemitism, don’t we?