The novel is on anti-Semitism in Switzerland, 1871-1933.
In an interview with Dutch daily Metro, paper edition, 5 November 2007, page 8, titled ‘Antisemieten hebben de joden nodig [Anti-Semites need the Jews]‘, the interviewer asked Lewinsky:
In your book, you mention the anti ritual slaughter law. That was really made [in Switzerland then].
[Lewinsky:] That law was very specifically intended to be against the Jews. However, it was not publicized that way. Supposedly, it was an animal welfare law, which made it more difficult to resist.
That proposal became law, because [in a referendum] the majority of the people got the possibility to vent their prejudices without explicitly speaking out about them.
Today, everywhere Islam is seen as suspect. Never ever it is an individual, always it supposedly is a group. In German , they call that “ein Generalverdacht” [a whole group made to look suspect].
Islamophobia in Switzerland: here.
Up to 8,000 people in the French-speaking part of Switzerland took to the streets on Tuesday evening to protest against the minaret ban. A march in Lausanne attracted up to 5,000 supporters, while a demonstration in Geneva was attended by more than 2,000 people, with smaller protests taking place in other towns: here.
Islamophobia in Australia: here.