In “At War with Israel? Anti-Zionism in East Germany and the West German Radical Left from the 1960s to the 1980s,” Jeffrey Herf argued that antagonism to Zionism was a protean and adaptable force in twentieth-century Germany. From drastically different political starting points, leaders of the Nazi regime, the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), and elements of the West German new left and its terrorist offshoots were its advocates. Herf drew on published and archival sources to shed light on this history and on its place in the global anti-Zionist campaign of the 1970s challenged by Ambassador Daniel Patrick Moynihan at the United Nations.
Jeffrey Herf is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Maryland. His most recent book, Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World (2009), was awarded the German Studies Association’s 2011 Sybil Milton Prize for work on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. His previous books include The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust (2006) and Divided Memory: The Nazi Past in the Two Germanys (1997). “A protean hatred” is the working title of his current research project.
A transcript of his talk should be available here soon.