Ruth Wisse on her new memoir, campus antisemitism and our abundance of Holocaust memorials

Ruth Wisse in an interview with The CJN Daily.

Ruth Wisse is the author of the new book, Free as a Jew: A Personal Memoir of National Self-Liberation. Its Canadian debut coincided with Jewish Book Month, hosted by the Jewish Public Library in Montreal. But the timing wasn’t a coincidence.

Wisse, 85, has spent decades as a professor of Yiddish at Harvard, and pioneered the Jewish Studies graduate program at McGill. These days, her unabashed opinions, often conservative, target left-leaning Jews and what she believes is an over-emphasis on mourning the Holocaust, rather than celebrating Israel.

Wisse joins the show to discuss these topics and more in an expansive interview.

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