Conspiratorial Antisemitism: From Judeo-Bolshevism to QAnon
What do anti-communism and QAnon have to do with the Holocaust? The answer lies in conspiratorial antisemitism. Associations of Jews with Communism, globalism, and general subversion have long driven far-right political movements and continue to haunt discourse today. Since the start of the pandemic, we have seen an extraordinary explosion in conspiratorial thinking, and the lines between movements like anti-vaxxers, neo-Nazis, and QAnon-adherents grows blurrier by the day.
Dr. Paul Hanebrink is an associate professor of History and vice chair for graduate education at Rutgers University – New Brunswick. He is the author of In Defense of Christian Hungary: Religion, Nationalism, and Antisemitism, 1890-1944, and A Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism.
Mike Rothschild is a journalist who focuses on the intersections between internet culture and politics through the lens of conspiracy theories. Since 2018 he has specialized in examining the QAnon conspiracy cult and is one of the first journalists to reveal its connections to past conspiracy theories and scams. Rothschild is the author of The Storm is Upon Us: How QAnon Became a Movement, Cult, and Conspiracy Theory of Everything.