David G. Tompkins: Israelbild und Antisemitismus im spätsozialistischen Polen und der DDR, in: Jahrbuch für Historische Kommunismusforschung 2022. Berlin: Metropol Verlag, pp. 49–68.

Israel became a key antagonist of the Soviet Bloc in the early 1950s, and this antipathy only intensified after the Six-Day War in 1967. This essay shows how the authoritarian regimes in the GDR and Poland deliberately fostered a negative image of Israel, and used it to mobilize East Germans and Poles behind Communist party rule. Both parties evoked the state of Israel as a cover to deploy anti-Semitic tropes in the service of appealing to nationalist sentiments. This use of Israel helped to consolidate a worldview in the late Communist period that was both nationalist and socialist. This article also explores differences and commonalities between the approaches taken by the Communist authorities in both countries.

Über den Autor

David G. Tompkins, Prof. Dr., geb. 1970 in Cincinnati, Ohio. 1993 Abschluss des B.A.-Studiums in Geschichte und Französisch an der Rice University in Houston, Texas. 2004 Ph. D. in Moderner Geschichte Mitteleuropas an der Columbia University in New York City, New York. Aktuell Professor für Geschichte und Direktor des Center for Global and Regional Studies am Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. U. a. Autor von: Composing the Party Line: Music and Politics In Early Cold War Poland and East Germany, West Lafayette, Indiana 2013.

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