The Germanic Mosaic: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Society

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the intertwining of the United States, Israel, and the FRG with imperialism and all the evils of the modern world.

Nowak would undoubtedly say he is not anti-Semitic but instead anti-Israeli for Israel's alleged atrocities against Palestinians and others. This permits him to ignore history and deny he is perpetuating old anti-Semitic and Nazi ideas. Nowak does not include Yuri Ivanov book Beware Zionism! published in early 1969 in his bibliography at the end of Alaska-Trip; but this novel illustrates, as Paul Lendvai discusses in his Anti-Semitism without Jews Ivanov's claim of

modern Zionism being the ideology, a complex system of organization and political activity of a big Jewish bourgeoisie which has merged with the monopolist circles of the United States and other imperialist powers . . . the international Zionist corporation serves as a weapon of American imperialist's global strategy and as an instrument of psychological warfare against the socialist countries. (5)

Alaska-Trip: Abenteuerroman, published in 1985, illustrates how strong, deep, and persistent anti-Semitism was in the GDR, all the more pernicious because of the denial of its existence. Publishing in the GDR was strongly centralized and heavily censored by the government. Claus Nowak's novel Alaska-Trip: Abenteuerroman passed government censorship and was published and even praised by critics. It is not the kind of work that would have been published in the FRG. Its title ensnares readers with the promise of exciting adventures in Jack London country. Its publicity is aimed at readers one generally would call "rednecks," or "good old boys," attracted by the mystique of America's last frontier. This novel shows the latent anti-Semitism which persists in the eastern part of Germany and how much work lies ahead until its existence is recognized and accepted, particularly because its existence has been denied for so long.


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David was the second king of Israel. Hertz is of course a technical term used for radio waves and other electromagnetic radiation. It is the last name of Heinrich Rudolph Hertz ( 1857-1894), the German physicist who discovered them. Herz," pronounced like "Hertz," is the German word for "heart." Berg means "mountain."

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