Radio host Ken Jebsen 311.
(photo credit: Radio Fritz)
BERLIN – Ken Jebsen, a radio host who claimed the Holocaust was manufactured,
was sacked by publicly funded radio station RBB on Wednesday.
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sent an e-mail to a listener in early November saying, “I know who invented the
Holocaust as PR.” He also appeared to blame European Jewry for the Holocaust and
stoked wild anti-American conspiracy theories.
As the scandal continued
to mushroom, station head Claudia Nothelle went to great lengths to play down
Jebsen’s denial of the Shoah and to deny allegations that his remarks were
infected with anti-Semitism.
In her statement on Wednesday, Nothelle
insisted that “Jebsen is not an anti-Semite or a denier of the Holocaust.” She
said the decision to dismiss him came because “many of his contributions did not
meet the journalistic standards of RBB.” She added that Jebsen did not adhere to
an agreement following the publication of his email. Nothelle did not
After his dismissal on Wednesday, Jebsen issued a
YouTube video saying that “because of ongoing negotiations there cannot be at
this time another statement.”
The German capital’s Jewish community
issued a statement on Thursday: “With satisfaction, the Jewish community of
Berlin accepted RBB’s decision to separate itself from moderator Ken
In addition, we respect that Jebsen’s supervisor assumed
responsibility for the editorial failures.
This was not an easy decision
for RBB. But after the already known statements in an e-mail to a listener, he
[Jebsen] appears to have violated, once again, a binding agreement regarding his
The head of the 10,500-member Jewish community, Lala Süsskind,
said “We find it to be commendable how the senior management of RBB, in the end,
The Jewish community’s statement praised the decision as in the
spirit of the station’s campaign against right-wing radicalism and
RBB is the parent company of Fritz Radio, a youth music
program, where Jebsen hosted a Sunday talk and music show (KenFM) for 10
RBB also dismissed Stefan Warbeck, the Fritz program director.
Warbeck will take over a new assignment at RBB.
Jebsen said, “happy
birthday terror lies,” in connection with the terrorist attack on the World
Trade Center in 2001. He termed it a “warm demolition” and appeared to be happy
about the destruction of the twin towers, in which almost 3,000 people were
murdered by Islamic terrorists.
Jebsen said in a program on October 16
the US is seeking a pretext to attack Iran and is manipulative in its approach
to the Islamic Republic. Jebsen praised the “PR talent” of al-Qaida, slammed
Israel and embraced a hard-core pro-Palestinian course in his
Jebsen said during his November 12 program that his language
in the e-mail was “not Holocaust denial,” and that he “was only addressing the
issue of propaganda and its mechanisms.”
German-Jewish journalist Henryk
M. Broder first drew attention to Jebsen’s diatribes against Jews and America on
Broder launched a journalistic offensive against Jebsen and
RBB for their refusal to tackle hatred of Israel, anti-Americanism and modern
Jebsen’s mix of right-wing and left-wing anti- Semitic
views is a common feature of a cross-over form of modern anti-Semitism in
The Simon Wiesenthal Center had called for Jebsen’s program to
be defunded and said the use of the word “invent” in connection with the
Holocaust is a classic expression of denying the Shoah.