Irena Wachendorff, an anti-Israel activist who has referred to pro-Israel activists as “the neo-Nazi troop among the Jews”, fabricated her Jewish roots and service in the IDF, and lied about her mother being imprisoned at Auschwitz.
The Jerusalem Post and investigative journalist Jennifer Pyka uncovered numerous lies that Wachendorff purported, including her father being Jewish and her time in the Israel Defense Forces.
“I said I was in the IDF,” but “it was a lie,” she told the Post. Wachendorff, a German poet and activist, has worked with Germany’s Christian Democratic Union party in the Bundestag to promote an anti-Semitic and anti-israel agenda.
Wachendorff also claimed her father was Jewish, however it’s been uncovered that he served in the armed forces of Nazi Germany.
The situation is “perverse and brazen that Wachendorff presents herself as a Jew and the daughter of Holocaust survivors and engages in work in schools about anti-Semitism and Jewish life in the Third Reich,” according to Pyka.
Henryk M. Broder, a German-Jewish author and expert on modern anti-Semitism, told the Post that this incident is symbolic of something much larger than one person pretending to be Jewish.
“Irena Wachendorff is not the first lunatic to fantasize her role as a Jew. This has occurred before. The scandal regarding this story is that she was tolerated and sponsored for years by a politician from the CDU, who used her for his goals and she used him for her racket. This is the curtain-raiser to the climax of the German-Jewish symbiosis,” he said.