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Vergesst Auschwitz! : der deutsche Erinnerungswahn und die Endlösung der Israel-Frage

Author: Henryk M Broder
Publisher: München : Knaus, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : German : 1.-2. AuflView all editions and formats
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Examines expressions of radical anti-Zionism in present-day Germany, and warns against the negative effects of Holocaust commemoration that has turned into a prescribed civilian duty. The obligation to remember has perpetuated and exacerbated German guilt, and has enabled anti-Zionist Germans to attack Israel since they feel they have payed their due to the Jews by honoring their dead. For radically anti-Zionist  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Henryk M Broder
ISBN: 9783813504521 3813504522
OCLC Number: 789642748
Description: 175 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Henryk M. Broder.

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Examines expressions of radical anti-Zionism in present-day Germany, and warns against the negative effects of Holocaust commemoration that has turned into a prescribed civilian duty. The obligation to remember has perpetuated and exacerbated German guilt, and has enabled anti-Zionist Germans to attack Israel since they feel they have payed their due to the Jews by honoring their dead. For radically anti-Zionist Germans, whose opinions have become increasingly mainstream since the 1980s, there is no contradiction between commemorating the Holocaust and working for Israel's destruction. Holocaust memory, instead of serving as a hindrance to antisemitism, has turned into an exercise in hypocrisy, mendacity, and opportunism, which paves the way for a future catastrophe. The rhetoric of comparing Israel to Nazi Germany and of replacing the Jews with the Palestinians has gained great popularity in Germany, as it frees the Germans from guilt and allows them to view themselves as "resisting" Nazism. Topics discussed include the "Wailing Wall" in Köln, which is used mainly for anti-Zionist propaganda; the downplaying in the German media of Iranian President Ahmadinejad's calls for the destruction of Israel; the pro-Muslim activities of the Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung in Berlin; and a violently anti-Israeli Palestinian conference organized in Stuttgart in 2010.

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