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. This seminar discussion will draw 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.

Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Moynihan Board Room
Ronald Reagan Building, Federal Triangle Metro Stop
Reservations requested because of limited seating: or 202-691-4166


  • Jeffrey Herf

  • Christian F. Ostermann

    Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project