Discourse Report

Third Discourse Report

The third Discourse Report examines the differences and similarities of antisemitic responses to two different national events: the demonstrations against the introduction of a Covid ‘health pass’ in France and the prosecution of former concentration camp personnel in Germany. While these two events are radically distinct in both content and context, our analysis shows that antisemitic responses to both are underpinned by trends of Holocaust distortion or trivialisation, and that antisemitic tropes are regularly used to critique the actions of the respective governments. French users frequently compare the actions of the French government in combatting Covid-19 to those of the Nazis, and protesters to the Jews. German users often sought to restore an unblemished image of the German nation and family, as well as to downplay guilt by comparing contemporary political scenarios or (alleged) crimes with the Holocaust, thus distorting the latter.