Barbara Manthe

Barbara Manthe is a historian and an expert on the history of radical-right terrorism and violence in Germany since 1945. She is a senior fellow at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR) and a principal investigator at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf, Germany, where she examines right-wing terrorism in the FRG between 1970 and 1990. For more than 10 years, Manthe has written, taught and conducted research on the radical right, as well as applied her expertise as a research officer in parliament and in the field of political education.
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Anti-Semitism Continues to Be a Steady Feature Among Germany’s Radicals

The suspect in the terrorist attack on a synagogue in the German city of Halle in October, 27-year-old Stephan B., was driven by anti-Semitism and a radical-right worldview. After the murder of Walter Lübcke in June, this was the second deadly radical-right terrorist attack this year to shake Germany. The Halle attack demonstrated that anti-Semitism is an actual and highly topical threat. A... Continue Reading

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How Crime Helps Finance Radical-Right Terrorism

Little research has been done on the financing of radical-right terrorist groups, especially when it comes to Germany. However, the finding within terrorism research that “money is the lifeblood of any organization, including the ones waging clandestine wars,” as Dipak K. Gupta puts it, also applies to terrorism on the far right. Indeed, several financial sources for (West) German... Continue Reading

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Not All Terrorists Want to Claim Responsibility for Attacks

Why would right-wing terrorists decide not to claim responsibility for their crimes? In Germany, there has been an ongoing public debate as to whether radical-right terrorists take responsibility for their crimes, particularly after the radical-right terrorist group Nationalsozialistischer Untergrund (the National Socialist Underground, NSU) was uncovered. This group did not claim credit for... Continue Reading

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The Anti-Semitic Murder Germany Forgot

An analysis of 1980 murder of Shlomo Lewin and Frieda Poeschke reveals that it was disgracefully handled both by the police and the public. On the evening of December, 19, 1980, a double homicide was committed in the German city of Erlangen: A stranger shot and killed the Jewish publisher Shlomo Lewin and his life companion, Frieda Poeschke, in their private home. Lewin had been a former... Continue Reading

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Germany Remembers Solingen Arson Attack

The 1993 Solingen arson attack marked the climax of radical-right violence in Germany following reunification.  This year, the fatal arson attack in Solingen, a North Rhine-Westphalian city of around 160,000 inhabitants, marked its 25th anniversary. Chancellor Angela Merkel, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, his Turkish ministerial colleague Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, as well as members of the... Continue Reading

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