Robert Wistrich, Leading Scholar on anti-Semitism, Dies at 70

The prolific author and professor was due to address the Italian Senate on the rise of European anti-Semitism.

Donald Guthrei

Robert Wistrich, one of the world's foremost scholars on anti-Semitism, died Tuesday after suffering a heart attack in Rome.

The 70-year-old Wistrich, who held the title of Neuburger Professor of European and Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was reportedly due to address the Italian Senate on the rise of anti-Semitism.

Wistrich also headed the university's Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism and authored dozens of books during his career, including the award-winning work "The Longest Hatred" and "A Lethal Obsession."