The Role of Antisemitic Conspiracy Theories in the 2013 Czech Presidential Elections
TARANT, Z. The Role of Antisemitic Conspiracy Theories in the 2013 Czech Presidential Elections. Praha, budova Fakulty stavební, ČVUT, 2015.
|Anglický název:||The Role of Antisemitic Conspiracy Theories in the 2013 Czech Presidential Elections|
|Autoři:||Mgr. Zbyněk Tarant Ph.D.|
|Abstrakt EN:||The year 2013 has seen the historically first direct presidential elections in the Czech Republic. What was originally considered to be a victory for the more direct democracy, has brought a significant polarisation into the society. As it turned out, the candidates were prepared to invoke topics of historical memory to support their campaign. The antisemitic scene actively participated in the election campaign. Some movements sent their own candidates like Tomáš Vandas or Jana Bobošíková others have, from some reason, chosen to support a candidate that initially seemed very unlikely for the antisemites - the pro-Israeli, socialist 1990s Prime minister Miloš Zeman. But, this was not the only paradox of the first Czech presidential elections. While there was one Jewish candidate, Jan Fisher, who was considered to be the favourite from very start, he failed, but not because of antisemitism, but because of his communist past. However, antisemitism was an important weapon against the non-Jewish candidates like Jiří Dienstbier or Karel Schwarzenberg. In my paper, which is a case study of an extreme example of “antisemitism without Jews”, I would like to document, how the antisemitic conspiracy theories became a tool of political struggle in a country that was left nearly without Jews and how are the “Jews” being “invented” where they are not present. The paper is based on primary sources - mostly on analysis of Czech language antisemitic websites. Short introduction about the Czech antisemitic cyberspace will be provided for scholar from abroad.|