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Günther Jikeli

Assistant Professor; Justin M. Druck Family Scholar at the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism in the Borns Jewish Studies Program

I am a historian and sociologist of modern Europe, with particular interests in the History of antisemitism. I have been puzzled by highly irrational antisemitic beliefs and have tried to come to an understanding of such ways of thinking.

My recent book on European Muslim antisemitism looks into patterns of argumentations: how do people – young Muslims in this case – try to justify negative views of Jews? The book is the result of sociological research from a de-essentializing perspective.

My previous book (editor) on forced labor from 1936 to 1945 at Peenemunde for the construction of the V2 Rocket under technical director Wernher von Braun underlines the irrationality of this endeavorer that led to immense suffering. My book (with Joëlle Allouche-Benayoun) on perceptions of the Holocaust in Europe and Muslim communities is a collection of studies in today's – often problematic – views of the Holocaust, focusing on Western Europe.

My current research projects include works on the impact of contemporary antisemitism in France and Germany, Dieudonné, intergenerational transmissions of antisemitic beliefs, and perceptions of the Holocaust.

Dr. Jikeli offers supervision and advice for students who wish to study antisemitism or who are writing a thesis related to antisemitism. Different methods and approaches of critical antisemitism studies will be discussed. He is available every Wednesday 10-12 or by appointment

Education

  • “Diplom” (M.A.) at Technical University Berlin 2004
  • Ph.D. at Technical University Berlin 2011

Awards

  • Raoul Wallenberg Prize in Human Rights and Holocaust Studies (2013)

Research Interests

  • Antisemitism after the Holocaust
  • Racism, discrimination & education
  • Jewish-Muslim relations
  • National Socialism: forced labor and the Holocaust
  • Comparative history, including German-French-British comparisons
  • 20th-Century European history

Courses Recently Taught

  • Jewish Identities in France and the New Antisemitism
  • The History of Jews in France
  • Antisemitism: A Sociohistorical Perspective

Publication Highlights

Books and Edited Volumes

  • Muslim Antisemitism in Europe. Why Young Urban Males Say They Don't Like Jews, Indiana University Press: Bloomington 2015.
  • Editor, Raketen und Zwangsarbeit in Peenemünde – Die Verantwortung der Erinnerung. Schwerin: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung 2014.
  • Editor, Perceptions of the Holocaust in Europe and Muslim Communities. Sources, Comparisons and Educational Challenges. Dordrecht, Heidelberg, New York, London: Springer Science 2013 (with Joëlle Allouche-Benayoun).
  • Antisemitismus und Diskriminierungswahrnehmungen junger Muslime in Europa, Essen: Klartext 2012.
  • Strategies and Effective Practices for Fighting Antisemitism Among People with a Muslim or Arab Background in Europe. Berlin: IIBSA 2007 (with Kim Robin Stoller and Hanne Thoma).