Philosemitismus in zeitgenössischen deutschen Medien (Philosemitism in Contemporary German Media)

Dekels lecture examines the performance of philosemitism in contemporary Germany through media representations of Jews between 2005-2020 in major mass media outlets. Dekel claims that philosemitism is practiced in Germany as a routine accomplishment of civility. It is performed in three interconnected social domains: institutional, where state institutions show their commitment to protecting Jews as a religious minority; group level, where the contingency between love and exclusionary sentiments toward Jews as others is at work; and individual level, where individuals exhibit positive sentiment toward Jews as a group. Dekel further claims that in performing philosemitism the relations to Holocaust memory, to minorities and to the resilience of the German democracy are examined and articulated.