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The centrality of antisemitism in Nazi Ideology

The centrality of antisemitism in Nazi Ideology

Prof. Otto Dov Kulka

The main principles of Nazi ideology were interlinked with an extremely hostile and negative perception of the Jews. In this step, Prof. Otto Dov Kulka, one of the leading researchers on Nazi antisemitism, will present a short paper on the centrality of antisemitism in Nazi ideology and its unique redemptive nature.

What is Redemptive Antisemitism?


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