A Discussion with Robert Wistrich, initiated by Maria Ghitta: "We often talk glibly about learning the lessons of the past".


In the discussion section, Maria Ghitta interviews Professor Robert S. Wistrich who has held the Neuberger chair for Modern European and Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem since 1989. In 2002 he was appointed as Director of the Vidal Sassoon International Centre for the Study of Anti-Semitism at the University of Jerusalem. The discussion revolves around the place of central Europe in professor Wistrich's research interests illustrated by his focus on turn of the century Vienna and central European Jews, but also explores other topics such as professor Wistrich's views on the historical profession, anti-Semitism and the audience for academic work outside the lecture halls of the university.