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The language of contemporary antisemitism

The language of contemporary antisemitism

Prof. Monika Schwarz-Friesel

Though contemporary forms of antisemitism are relatively new in the history of this phenomenon, they build on older antisemitic stereotypes and imagery, adapting them according to the changing ideological and political needs. This reliance on past antisemitic perceptions is especially clear when examining the language of contemporary antisemitism. As we will see, it is a shared reliance that in many cases bridges the gap between Left and Right.

What are the similarities and differences between the way antisemitism is expressed by the groups discussed in this step?


  • Schwarz-Friesel, Monika and Jehuda Reinharz, Inside the Antisemitic Mind: the Language of Jew-Hatred in Contemporary Germany (Waltham, M.A.: Brandeis University Press, 2017).
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