Cover Osteuropa 9-11/2019

In Osteuropa 9-11/2019

The faraway life of others
Germany and Israel in Russian awareness

Lev Gudkov, Natal’ja Zorkaja


Deutsche Fassung

Abstract

Germany and Israel have accepted millions of Russian-speaking immigrants, who retain their ties to their original homeland. However, this has no impact on the collective perception of Germany and Israel. The Russian view of Germany is formed from two experiences: the trauma arising from the Second World War and the perception of the Federal Republic as a model of a well-run country that guarantees prosperity and freedom. The image of Israel is tied in with the notion of a utopia made real: a Jewish state that embodies the idea of an “organic unity of the nation”. Israel is seen as being a modern, dynamic country, which cultivates efforts to achieve freedom and social justice, rationalism and a belief in progress. The anti-Semitic, anti-Zionist Soviet stereotypes have disappeared.

(Osteuropa 9-11/2019, pp. 375–400)