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Kontinuitäten des Antisemitismus


The fear of loss of culture and identity has taken a central place in social, political, and cultural debates. This results in segmentation into friend-enemy antagonisms and an emotionalization of politics. The idea of a universalist society seems to be a legacy model. An increase in anti-Semitic rhetoric and stereotyping—especially in the use of conspiracy theories—shows how cultivated and long-standing anti-Semitism and its codes are. These “Continuities of Anti-Semitism” are the occasion for the new series of events at the Forum for Democratic Culture and Contemporary Art in the Green Salon, which highlights and reflects on the significance of anti-Semitism in current political debates.

21.01.20, 19:00
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Past Activities

Kontinuitäten des Antisemitismus: Märtyrerkult und populistische Bewegungen

The event has to be postponed from 08.10. to 06.11.

With: Güner Balcı, Veronika Kracher, Catrin Lorch
Hosted by: Marko Martin

Right-wing extremists and Islamists show clear overlaps in their anti-Semitic and patriarchal worldviews. The martyr cult is at the center of their ideologies and iconographies. Even in far less radical movements, there is a strong need for figures who supposedly sacrifice themselves to overthrow “the system.” These martyrs can inspire and direct parties and extra-parliamentary movements by establishing crosscutting populist messages such as “people versus the elite.” In order not to endanger their movements and such identity-creating and unifying central narratives, anti-Semitism and misogyny are denied, relativized as collateral damage, or even affirmed as active resistance against elitist political correctness. Political norms are questioned and undermined at all levels. A central question is whether today’s movements are constituted more by common bogeymen and the associated cults of personality than by an interest in actual political change. What basic conditions and similarities does the martyr have in extremist and populist movements? In what way does the figure of the martyr reverberate in art and culture?

19:00 Film Screening by the Jewish Forum for Democracy and Against Anti-Semitism (JFDA). The JDFA is dedicated to the fight against anti-Semitism. Among other things, it offers support relating to anti-Semitic incidents and carries out independent monitoring. Part of this monitoring is a comprehensive video collection of anti-Semitic, racist, and homophonic incidents. The JFDA will show a selection of its video material in the Grüner Salon.

20:00 Panel and discussion

Veronica Kracher is a freelance journalist (Konkret, Jungle World) and speaker. She publishes on the alt-right movement, anti-Semitism, and feminist social criticism and also researches the incel internet subculture.

Güner Balcı was a TV editor at ZDF until 2010. Today she works as a freelance author and TV journalist. In 2012 she was awarded the Civis Television Prize for her report “Death of a Judge.” Her documentary film Der Jungfrauenwahn won the Bayerischen Filmpreis 2016.

Marko Martin is a writer. His journalistic work focuses on includes Israel, Latin America, and Southeast Asia, as well as on human rights issues in the age of globalization. Recently his books Das Haus in Habana. Ein Rapport and Dissidentisches Denken. Reisen zu den Zeugen eines Zeitalters have been published, focusing on criticism on dictatorship.

The Forum for Democratic Culture and Contemporary Art was founded with the support of the Amadeu Antonio Foundation in order to counter an increasing tendency towards cultural pessimism. This cultural pessimism is not only experiencing a renaissance through nationalist and other regressive movements—it is also increasingly being reproduced and affirmed in non-critical forms in art and culture (

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