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Resources for Having Conversations About Antisemitism

Throughout history, antisemitism has taken many forms. According to the Anti-Defamation League, antisemitism is "the belief or behavior hostile toward Jews just because they are Jewish. It may take the form of religious teachings that proclaim the inferiority of Jews, for instance, or political efforts to isolate, oppress, or otherwise injure them. It may also include prejudiced or stereotyped views about Jews."  Learn more about the history of antisemitism.

On June 7, 2022, the Village of Northbrook notified the community that someone had placed flyers containing antisemitism hate speech outside several residences in a Northbrook neighborhood. According to the Village, this incident is similar to other such incidents that have taken place in neighboring communities, and the materials appear to have been dropped at random households and not targeted at specific residents.

Northbrook Public Library stands with the Village of Northbrook to condemn antisemitism and all acts of hate. We work to be welcoming and respectful of people's different identities including race, ethnicity, gender identity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, ability, language, age, size, and more. As an institution of lifelong learning, we have a duty to not only reflect the community we serve, but also to educate the community about the diversity of our region, state, nation, and world. 

Suggested Library Resources

Our librarians have put together this list of titles for different reading levels to help you understand and discuss antisemitism from different perspectives. 

Suggested books and movies for adults include:

A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism by Phyllis Goldstein
How to fight anti-Semitism by Bari Weiss
The Plot Against America by Philip Roth (Fiction)
I have never forgotten you: the life and legacy of Simon Wiesenthal (DVD)
See all suggested titles for adults

Suggested books for youth include: 

Who Was Anne Frank? by Ann Abramson
The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
Hidden: a Child's Story of the Holocaust by Loïc Dauvillier