Anti-Semitism and the New Right

Inventories and analyses


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Academic Responsibility

Prof. Dr. Stephan Braese

Teaching and research area European Jewish literary and cultural history

Contact Person

Sofia Eletheriadi-Zacharaki, M.Ed.





Wednesday, 6:30-8:00 p.m.


HS I (Main Building Templergraben)


In recent years, radical right-wing, racist and anti-Semitic movements and initiatives have gained new space in Europe. In the Federal Republic of Germany, too, this development has found prominent expression with the entry of the “Alternative for Germany” into the German Bundestag, whose representatives are calling, for example, for a radical reversal of Germany’s culture of remembrance and for recognition of the achievements of German soldiers in World War II. Increasing proportions of the German population not only reject the value orientations and political institutions established in the postwar decades, but also sympathize with a violent overthrow of conditions. The “National Socialist Underground,” which claimed 10 lives, as well as the attack on the synagogue in Halle on October 9, 2019, represent a murderous terror that extremism experts have long since ceased to recognize as the result of lone perpetrators. It is preceded by a broad field of cultural and social propaganda that today reaches far into the so-called middle class.

This “Leonardo” lecture series aims to acquaint listeners from all disciplines with the latest research findings of renowned scholars who are investigating this multifaceted field. The focus of the event is therefore not on the centuries-old history of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, but on some of the most current manifestations of anti-Semitism as well as völkisch and new-right thinking, which at first glance often have no connection to the National Socialism of the 1930s and 40s or even to the extermination of European Jews by Germans. In addition to lectures that provide an overview of the New Right, its organizations and their activities, or inform about anti-Semitism against Israel, a special focus is on the most diverse cultural forms in which anti-Semitism and New Right thought are expressed today. In addition to Jew-hatred on the Internet and less conspicuous but all the more widespread manifestations of racist stereotypes, such as in the Harry Potter novels, so-called ‘high culture’ is also a focus: In lectures on new-right ‘cultural broadcasts’ on YouTube or anti-Semitic dispositives in examples of contemporary literature, such as Botho Strauß or Peter Handke, it will be impressively demonstrated that new-right ideas are by no means limited to a ‘clientele with Springer boots’, but have found access to all social strata.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be familiar with different aspects of the phenomena of “anti-Semitism” and the “New Right”. They analyze different dimensions, expressions and platforms for anti-Semitism and right-wing ideologies and discuss connections as well as differences. They know approaches to deal with these phenomena personally and socially and reflect on them critically.



The Authoritarian Revolt

Dr. Volker Weiss
Historiker und freier Publizist


Anti-Semitism and the New Right on the Net

Prof. Dr. Uffa Jensen
Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung, TU Berlin


Anti-Semitism against Israel and Postcolonial Anti-Semitism

Dr. Klaus Holz
Evangelische Akademien in Deutschland e. V.

Prof. Dr. Micha Brumlik
Selma Stern Zentrum für Jüdische Studien Berlin/Brandenburg


Ambivalences in Popculture

PD Dr. Hans-Joachim Hahn
Jüdische Studien, Universität Basel


Read with rights

Prof. Dr. Jörg Döring
LuF Neuere deutsche Philologie, Medien- und Kulturwissenschaft, Universität Siegen


Literature and the New Right  

PD Dr. Hans Kruschwitz
LuF Europäisch-jüdische Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte , RWTH Aachen



Dealing with anti-Semitic terror: Civil society engagement after the attack in Halle on 9.10.2019

Working Group “9. Oktober Halle”


Dealing with anti-Semitic terror: those affected after the attack in Halle on 9.10.2019  

Survivor of the attack and “Mobile Opferberatung Halle” 

Procedure/Working method​

Depending on the course of studies, module and examination, credit points can be achieved through participation.


Certificate of Participation (0 CP, not graded)
Questionnaire (2 CP, not graded)
Term Paper 15-20 pages (4 CP)

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