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Jews, Money, Myth

Jews. Money.

These two words carry tremendous power when placed together, drawing on 2,000 years of complex and, at times, troubled history. Associations between Jews and money underlie some of the most deeply rooted antisemitic ideas in circulation.

Through essays and contributions from leading scholars and artists, this book examines the role of money in Jewish life and the place of Jews – real and imagined – in commerce, capitalism and finance up to the present day. It was produced to complement the 2019 Jews Money Myth exhibition at the Jewish Museum London developed in collaboration with the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism.

Joanne Rosenthal and Marc Volovici (eds), Jews, Money, Myth, Jewish Museum London and Pears Institute, March 2019.

Professor David Feldman, Director – 4

Our work shows how antisemitism has often been intertwined with anti-Muslim, anti-migrant, anti-black and anti-Irish bigotries. Antisemitism and other racisms should not be considered in isolation and still less in competition.

Professor David Feldman, Director

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