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Antisemitism in Doubt. Historical and Methodological Reflections on Contemporary Europe

Authors
  • Reich, Amos Morris1
  • 1 The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas Director, The Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism, 69978 , (Israel)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Zeitschrift für Pädagogik und Theologie
Publisher
De Gruyter
Publication Date
Jun 08, 2021
Volume
73
Issue
2
Pages
202–216
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/zpt-2021-0023
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
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Abstract

In the attempt to find an Israeli approach to understanding the current European ambivalence towards Jews, this study focuses on the question of post-Holocaust anti-Semitism. It analyzes a specifically Israeli structure of experience of “schizophrenia” resulting from its decoupling of antisemitism from the Holocaust. It is shown that the justification of anti-Semitism has changed after the Holocaust. Thus, anti-Semitism has developed from a “cultural code” to a “semiotic problem”. The article concludes that the two main forms of Israel’s response to European anti-Semitism are inseparably linked to the question of whether Zionism ended with the establishment of the modern state of Israel and whether Israel is a “normal” state.

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