Today, it was the pleasure of the Forum on Geopolitics and POLIS to host Professor Michael Wolffsohn's seminar on 'The geopolitics of global anti-Semitism, past and present'.
Professor Wolffsohn spoke to a large and interested audience on evolution of anti-Semitism over time. The phenomenon of Jew-hatred, he told us, has historically embraced not only anti-communism abut also anti-capitalism. It is symbolic of not only of the politics of envy but also of conspiratorial explanation of all ills.
He reflected that anti-Semitism is not only a danger to Jews, but to those perceived as 'agents of the Jews'. The audience came away with a powerful sense of the way in which the treatment of Jews can be regarded as a 'canary in the coalmine', alerting international society to wider problems in its midst.
Michael Wolffsohn is Professor of Modern History, political scientist, writer and commentator. He is one of Germany's leading experts on International Relations, Security, Middle East and other Regional Conflicts, Military Affairs, German History and Politics, Religion and Politics, and on the historical, political, economic, religious and cultural dimensions of German-Jewish-Israeli relations. He is known for his succinct analyses and his comments are published by national as well as international paper and e-media. He recently retired from his post at the University of the Bundeswehr in Munich.
Dr. Wolffsohn is the son of a German Jewish merchant family who fled from Germany to Palestine in 1939. He was born in Tel Aviv in 1947. Together with his parents he came to West-Berlin in 1954. He served voluntarily in the Israeli Army from 1967 to 1970. He studied History, Political Science and Economics in Berlin, Tel Aviv und New York. He taught Modern History in Munich at the University of the German Armed Forces from 1981 to 2012 and lectured at top universities all over Europe, the US, Latin America, Israel, Taiwan, Hongkong and Thailand. He has published more than 30 books and 140 academic articles. Further details can be found here.