Right-wing extremist Professor Jörg Baberowski attacks critics at Berlin’s Humboldt University
1 May 2018
The German right-wing extremist Professor Jörg Baberowski is targeting his critics with increasing aggressiveness. On his Facebook page, Baberowski has insulted and threatened other professors at Humboldt University because they criticised a xenophobic statement he made.
Baberowski is one of the new right’s leading spokesmen in Germany. After gaining a national reputation in 2015 with an attack on refugees published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Baberowski founded a discussion circle with the goal of making right-wing extremist positions socially acceptable, as an article in Die Zeit reported on March 22 of this year. Earlier this year, the “Statement 2018” emerged from this fascistic network. Right-wing academics criticised “illegal mass immigration” and declared their solidarity with the xenophobic far-right.
This repugnant declaration was answered by several counter-statements signed by thousands of academics. An open letter to Wilhelm Hopf, founder and head of LIT publishers, which specialises in scholarly publications, gained particular attention. Hopf was one of the signatories of “Statement 2018.” As a result of the open letter, more than 200 professors and academics from Germany and Austria threatened to end their collaboration with the right-wing publisher.
In the open letter, the academics noted “with astonishment” that Hopf, who heads “an internationally active company with offices in Berlin, Vienna, Hamburg, London, Zürich and New York,” signed the “Statement 2018.” The open letter pointed out that the anti-immigrant statement came in the context of a “political conjuncture in which a…