Referring to the Israeli prime minister as “The Eternal Netanyahu,” a German news source appeared to reference Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda film “The Eternal Jew.”
On Thursday, the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper published a piece titled “The Eternal Neteanyahu,” making an apparent reference to Fritz Hippler’s anti-Semitic 1940 propaganda film “The Eternal Jew.”
Hippler’s movie, which was produced for all intents and purposes by Hitler’s minister of propaganda Joseph Goebbels, rehashed Jew-hatred based on medieval superstitions, repackaging it for the German people as the moral justification for the Holocaust.
The movie is almost universally recognized as one of the most anti-Semitic films ever made.
After Tuesday’s elections in Israel, Netanyahu appears headed for his fifth term as prime minister, which was ostensibly the impetus for the Frankfurter Rundschau article.
The Frankfurter Rundschau was skewered on Twitter after posting the anti-Netanyahu piece, facing accusations of anti-Semitism and pandering to its left-leaning base of social democrats, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Eventually, the Frankfurter Rundschau recanted, issuing the following statement: “The first version of the title of our editorial on Israel’s election results provoked a controversy – and rightly so. We wanted to point to the term of office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – and we did not consider that the Nazis in 1940 with the ant-Semitic propaganda film ‘The Eternal Jew’ agitated against Jews,” reported the Post.
The paper added, “The FR apologizes for the historical amnesia.”