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This lecture series, made possible by The Lowe Family Holocaust and Genocide Education Endowment, is designed to foster understanding, and to disseminate knowledge, about the causes and conditions that foster genocides, including the Holocaust and to generate public awareness about the danger of authoritarian, totalitarian and nationalistic regimes to the future of humanity.
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This talk will address the historical relationship between fascism and populism with a special focus on their similarities and differences vis-a-vis racism and antisemitism. If fascism (in countries like Germany and Italy) arrived to power by democratic means and then destroyed democracy from within and created extreme racist dictatorships; early post war-populists Latin American populists, like Getulio Vargas in Brazil and Peronism Argentina, were dictators that renounced dictatorships and racism, creating new populist democracies. This used to be a key distinction between populism and racism. And yet, in the new populism of the extreme right racism has returned making them closer to fascism than ever before.
Federico Finchelstein is Professor of History at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College. He has taught at the History Department of Brown University and he received his PhD at Cornell University. Finchelstein is Director of the Janey Program in Latin American Studies at NSSR.
Professor Finchelstein is the author of six books on fascism, populism, Dirty Wars, the Holocaust and Jewish history in Latin America and Europe.
His most recent book is: From Fascism to Populism in History (University of California Press, 2017 & 2019 with new preface). (Spanish edition, Taurus, 2018; Italian edition, Donzelli, 2019: Turkish edition Iletisim Yayinlari, 2019: Portugese edition, forthcoming.