March 23: Antisemitism on Trial: How Tanya Gersh Fought the Neo-Nazis and Won

"Antisemitism on Trial: How Tanya Gersh Fought the Neo-Nazis and Won"
Presented by Tanya Gersh

Thursday, March 23, 2023, from 7-9 p.m.

Advance Registration is Required:
In-Person Attendees: Location available upon registration here.
Virtual Attendees: Zoom link available upon registration here.

BOONE, N.C. — Join Appalachian State University's Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies (CJHPS) for "Antisemitism on Trial: How Tanya Gersh Fought the Neo-Nazis and Won" on Thursday, March 23, from 7-9 p.m. Please register for the event using the links above to receive either the location details or a meeting link.

In 2016, Tanya Gersh, a real estate agent and mom, became a victim of antisemitic cyberattacks when Andrew Anglin, founder of the Neo-Nazi online newspaper "The Daily Stormer," called on his followers to harass Gersh. The campaign spread through her hometown of Whitefish, Montana and began to target other members of her community. Anglin planned a march to Gersh's home, but through the support of her town, no one attended.

After years in court and with assistance from the Southern Poverty Law Center, Gersh won a $14 million judgment against Anglin in 2019.

On March 23, Gersh will visit App State to tell her story. This is a story about overcoming hate. It is a story of inspiration and courage. It is a story of a small town rallying together to protect its citizens.

This event is free and open to the public. For a disability accommodation, visit odr.appstate.edu.


This event is part of a yearlong series on antisemitism called “A Year on Antisemitism: What It Is and Why We Care” sponsored by CJHPS, Hillel, AEPi and App State's Office of Diversity and Inclusion and continuing through May 2023. Antisemitism is on the rise exponentially in the United States. The App State community is not immune to experiences of “the oldest hate” as exhibited by the antisemitic events in Boone around February 15.

We must understand the nature of antisemitism to understand other forms of hate. How do we define it? How do we combat it? How do we protect our Jewish friends? Why do we care? Join us for a year of events discussing these issues and more. For more information, visit holocaust.appstate.edu/events/year-antisemitism.

Published: Mar 13, 2023 9:28am

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