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East German communists and the Jewish question

Jeffrey Herf

East German communists and the Jewish question

the case of Paul Merker

by Jeffrey Herf

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Published by German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Merker, Paul.

  • Edition Notes

    StatementJeffrey Herf.
    SeriesAlois Mertes memorial lecture -- 4, Occasional paper / German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C -- no.11
    ContributionsGerman Historical Institute (Washington, D.C.)
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL19577666M

    The Role of Jews in the Creation of Communist Russia and the Myth of “Judeo-Bolshevism” A Guided History by Lauren Kolodkin. Jews in the late 19 th century were experiencing huge changes to their traditional society and way of life. As modernity emerged across Europe, the Jews of the Russian Empire began experiencing the Enlightenment and modern intellectual thought, integration into.   Of one group of 16 high-profile communists at a show trial, besides Kamenev and Zinoviev, names like Yefim Dreitzer, Isak Reingold, Moissei and Nathan Lurye and Konon Berman-Yurin ring out as Jewish.

    The Last Revolutionaries tells a story of unwavering political devotion: it follows the lives of German communists across the tumultuous twentieth century. Before , German communists were political outcasts in the Weimar Republic and courageous resisters in Nazi Germany; they also suffered Stalin’s Great Purges and struggled through emigration in countries hostile to communism.   A Jewish assimilationist and German nationalist, the father often came into conflict with his politicized sons, particularly the revolutionary Werner and the Zionist Gerhard (later Gershom). After a youthful dalliance with Zionism, as a member of the "Jung Juda," in the years before World War I, Werner moved on to the Social Democratic Workers.

    This book is really interesting because it focuses mostly on actual East Germany, not just East Berlin, which never seems to happen. I learned a lot about parts of Germany I had never heard of. The author is ex-military from a military family, so it has a big bias but she even mentions that this is her story, and everyone's story is different/5().   Mr. Gysi was born in East Berlin on Jan. 16, His father, Claus Gysi, was the son of a Jewish physician who became a Communist before the war and fled when the Nazis came to power.


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East German communists and the Jewish question by Jeffrey Herf Download PDF EPUB FB2

History Positive neutrality. The Socialist Unity Party of Germany (known by its German initials SED), the East German communist party, welcomed the decision of the United Nations to divide Palestine into an Arab and a Jewish state.A special announcement of the SED Central Committee early in stated the following: "We consider the foundation of a Jewish state an essential contribution.

Before most German Communists and, aftermost East German Communists viewed "the Jewish question"—that is, the whole complex of anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and the place of the Jews in Germany and Europe—as peripheral to the main drama of class struggle and antifascism.

Anti-Zionism has become the great bazaar in which Soviet and Chinese Communists, Arab and Third World Marxists, Trotskyists, anarchists and Castroists together with feudal sheikhs, conservative Islamic rulers, and oil companies in the West (plus fascist fringe-groups) can find common ground in their antagonism to the Jewish : Hardcover.

Markus Johannes Wolf (19 January – 9 November ) was head of the Main Directorate for Reconnaissance (Hauptverwaltung Aufklärung), the foreign intelligence division of East Germany's Ministry for State Security (Ministerium für Staatssicherheit, abbreviated MfS, commonly known as the Stasi).He was the Stasi's number two for 34 years, which spanned most of the Cold mater: Moscow Aviation Institute.

Jewish Communist expats in East Germany recall heady s For Victor Grossman and Michael Hamburger, the annual Victims of Fascism Day is of equal importance to Holocaust Remembrance Day By Micki. In Westemigranten, Kessler follows the “traces left by German communists in exile in the USA as well as the experiences of exile that inform their lives in the East of Germany after ” It would be difficult to summarize or report on the biographic riches that this volume collects, or.

Book description: East Germany’s ruling party never officially acknowledged responsibility for the crimes committed in Germany’s name during the Third Reich. Instead, it cast communists as both victims of and victors over National Socialist oppression while marginalizing discussions of Jewish.

Antifaschistische Aktion (German: [ˌantifaˈʃɪstɪʃə ʔakˈtsi̯oːn]), commonly known under its abbreviation Antifa (German:), was a militant anti-fascist organisation in the Weimar Republic started by members of the Communist Party of Germany (KPD) that existed from to It was primarily active as a KPD campaign during the German federal elections and was described by the.

Just as communism was meant to destroy the culture, tradition, and identity of gentile nations for the purpose of furthering Jewish hegemony, neoconservatism entails the destruction of the Middle East (making the Middle East “safe for Israel”) and the subordination of the American military to Zionist interests, all at the expense of.

For some discussions of the complicated topic of Jews and communism, see for example, L. Shapiro, ‘The Role of the Jews in the Russian Revolutionary Movement’, Slavonic and East European Review, 40 (/62), –67; D.L. Niewyk, Socialist, Anti-Semite, and the Jew (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, ); J.

Frankel, Prophecy and Politics: Socialism, Nationalism and the. Paul Merker (1 Februaryin Oberlößnitz – 13 Mayin Eichwalde) was an activist member of Germany's Communist Party (KPD / Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands) who later became a politician and a top official of East Germany's ruling SED (Socialist Unity Party of Germany/Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands).

Merker featured for several years in the show trial culture of. East German Communists and the Jewish Question: The Case of Paul Merker Before most German communists, and after most East German communists, viewed 'the Jewish question', that is, the whole complex of anti-semitism, the Holocaust and the place of the Jews in Germany and Europe, as peripheral to the main drama.

The first case study examines East German Jews from to Starting with the small number of Holocaust survivors, the chapter focuses on the official practising Jewish communities (Gemeinden) as well as those individuals with Jewish backgrounds who rose within the ranks of the SED.

It surveys scholarship on the internal party debates. William Hard, The Great Jewish Conspiracy (New York: American Jewish Book Company, ), p. 31 “The Jewish elements provide the driving forces for communism” Dr. Oscar Levy, in George Pitt-Rivers, The World Significance of the Russian Revolution (Oxford, ), p.

But when I saw the Communists and the radical left turn against Israel, I thought that too was of great historical significance For any German government to do what the East German government did towards Israel was one of the very most important, and in my view, most disgraceful, chapters of post European and German history.

Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. Communist opposition to Zionism has a long history which pre-dates both the Russian Revolution and the Balfour Declaration of November Yet the Communist and Marxist critique of Zionism has always had a curious inconsistency, since it is not applied to all nationalist solutions of social.

East Germany, officially the German Democratic Republic (GDR; German: Deutsche Demokratische Republik [ˈdɔʏtʃə demoˈkʁaːtɪʃə ʁepuˈbliːk], DDR), was a state that existed from tothe period when the eastern portion of Germany was part of the Eastern Bloc during the Cold ly described as a communist state in English usage, it described itself as a socialist.

A riveting biography of one of German Communism's most important, if little studied rank and file leaders. Walter Benjamin derided Werner Scholem as a ‘rascal’ in Joseph Stalin referred him as a 'splendid man', but soon backtracked and labeled him an 'imbecile', while Ernst Thälmann, chairman of the Communist Party of Germany (KPD.

Three decades later, as Germans mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, the question of what makes a German — who. The historian Jeffrey Herf's profound new book shows that German-animated left-wing terrorism targeting Israel was not a tactic but rather part of a long-war strategy to destroy the Jewish state.

Stasi Spies and neo-Nazis: East German Jewish Life Before and After the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Members of the Jewish community reflect on events before and after November 9,including an unlikely Jewish renaissance in eastern Germany and the disturbing rise of the far right.When conversation turns to Hitler and history, it becomes evident that East German Communists and intellectuals regard themselves as citizens not only of a separate German state but of a new one.The Communist Party of Germany (German: Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands, KPD) was a major political party in the Weimar Republic between andan underground resistance movement in Nazi Germany, and a minor party in West Germany in the postwar period until it was banned in