This article will analyze the construction of Jewish identity in the German media, exemplified in public broadcasting relating to Jewish life in the federal states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein. Our analysis will center around the development of the Jewish communities in the years 2004 and 2005, a period chosen due to the profound changes in Jewish communal structures taking place at this time. From the 1990s onward, the German media have focused their reporting on Jewish life in Germany on its increasing diversity and on developments within the Jewish communities. Our analysis of how the development of Judaism is constructed in public-service media in the two federal states will demonstrate the ways in which the media help shape the public image of Judaism.
Author(s): Oleg Pronitschew,