Letter to Genocide Scholars from Steven K. Baum
5 June 2016
I am the editor of the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism and author of several works
on antisemitism, and I am also a genocide scholar who has published The Psychology
of Genocide: Perpetrators, Bystanders, and Rescuers by Cambridge University Press.
We have now published on the website of the journal an article, “Holocaust
Minimization, Anti-Israel Themes, and Antisemitism: Bias at the Journal of Genocide
Research” by Israel W. Charny.
This is an objective, scientific study of the opinions of some 76 genocide scholars or
students who were given summaries of seven articles in the Journal of Genocide
Research, including some quotations from the authors of each article. The respondents
were asked to rate each article separately as to whether it was a legitimate study of the
Holocaust, an article biased towards minimization of the significance of the Holocaust,
showed an anti-Israel bias, anti-Semitic bias, or none of the above. The participants
were asked to check off as many of these choices as were appropriate for them.
The subjects were then given a final question that addressed their view of the Journal of
Genocide Research as a whole based on their readings of all seven summaries. Here
too the same question was posed but now about the journal: Does the journal publish
articles that are legitimate studies of the Holocaust, minimize the significance of the
Holocaust, anti-Israel statements, show an antisemitic bias, or none of the above.
The questionnaires were sent to an established survey company who tallied all results
(and not the author of the study.) You will find the results are powerful and clear cut,
and obviously of great significance for our field. Please note at all times that the study
is reporting objectively the opinions of 76 people in the field and not simply the views of
“Holocaust Minimization, Anti-Israel Themes, and Antisemitism: Bias at the Journal of Genocide Research” by Israel W. Charny.
With best wishes,
Steven K. Baum
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