Rabbi Meir Kahane (1932–1990) und seine Rezeption in der DDR und in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

The present study deals with the reception of the US rabbi and Israeli right- wing politician Meir Kahane in the Federal Republic of Germany and in the GDR. It evaluates relevant press publications of West and East German provenance. In the West German press, Kahane’s activity at the head of the Jewish Defense League of the US in the late 1960s and early 1970s received a rather balanced treatment while his political career in Israel in the 1970s and 1980s was perceived as the rise of fascism in the Jewish state. In the early 1970s, the antisemitic image of Kahane, taken from Soviet propaganda, was widespread in the GDR press and remained in circulation in the 1980s.