Antisemitism in the “Alternative for Germany” Party

in German Politics and Society
Samuel Salzborn Center for Research on Antisemitism, Technical University of Berlin

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The Alternative for Germany (AfD) has been sitting in Germany’s federal parliament since September 2017, having won 12.6 percent of the popular vote. In considering this young party’s recent development, researchers have focussed on its rhetorical strategies (i.e., populism) and its radicalization. Until now, much less attention has been paid to antisemitism within the AfD—also because the party would prefer to keep this out of public debate. By investigating its treatment of antisemitism, Nazism, and the politics of remembrance, it can be shown that the AfD has the features of a far-right party, to a much clearer extent than might be guessed from its media image, particularly inside Germany.

Contributor Notes

Prof. Dr. Samuel Salzborn is a Visiting Professor for Research on Antisemitism at the Center for Research on Antisemitism (ZfA) at the Technical University of Berlin, and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (carr). He received his doctorate in 2004 from the University of Cologne and habilitated at the University of Giessen in 2009. He has also been a Research Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Economics in Prague, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Marburg. Email:

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