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English and German Nationalist and Anti-Semitic Discourse, 1871-1945

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Edited By Geraldine Horan, Felicity Rash and Daniel Wildman

This volume contains selected papers from an international conference of the same name held at Queen Mary, University of London, on 10-11 November 2010. The contributions from scholars working in the fields of modern political and cultural history, political science, modern European literature and linguistics provide interdisciplinary perspectives on nationalism and anti-Semitism in English- and German- language contexts from the beginning of the German Second Reich (1871) to the end of World War II (1945). Some articles examine critically theoretical constructs used to justify and defend anti-Semitism in Germany, focusing on the realms of science, music, the press and film. Others discuss the role of anti-Semitism in constructing völkisch-nationalist notions of ‘German’ identity, as well as discourses of German colonialism. As a counterpart to German perspectives, several articles chart contemporary British reactions to German anti-Semitism and radical nationalism.

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Stefan Hüpping ‘Mag der Jude seine Religion behalten, wenn er sich nur zum Deutschtum bekennt’

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: The Philo-Semitic Nationalism of Friedrich von Oppeln-Bronikowski (1883–1936) as a Paradigm of German Conservative Thinking Introduction Recently, several German conservative politicians have begun to invoke German national corporate feeling again. Their highly emotional theme, on television or in the press almost weekly, is fear of the foreign and loss of national orientation. They express the anxiety that Germany will ‘abolish’ itself, or that Germans will put their own country at risk. They proclaim that the mixture of cultures (Multikulti) has failed or died, while they empha- size that the German Constitution is supposed to ref lect the ‘dominant Christian-Jewish culture’ (Leitkultur) of the country. As the Secretary of State for Employment and Social Af fairs, Ursula von der Leyen, has stated recently, skilled workers are very welcome, as long as they ‘fit to us’. They may even have a background which is ‘Arabic or Muslim’, as long as they come with good language skills, a job and a qualification that is needed, and if they are willing to benefit the country.1 1 Ursula von der Leyen in the German television programme heute-journal (ZDF) (18 Oct. 2010), cited on WELT ONLINE , accessed 23 October 2010. 50 Stefan Hüpping In this context the juxtaposition of geographical or national origin and religious af filiation is a misconception with a long tradition. New to the matter is the defensive position towards the Muslim culture, while simulta- neously endorsing the Jewish heritage. That this is anything but an entirely new development in the...

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