Anetta Kahane

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Anetta Kahane (2014)

Anetta Kahane (born 1954) is a German journalist, aradical left-wing activist and the founder of the Amadeu Antonio Foundation. She has admitted to being an unofficial collaborator of the former East German secret police (Stasi), informing on neighbours and political dissidents with the aim of obtaining favours from the East German government.

Early life[edit]

Kahane was born in East Berlin in 1954 to Max Kahane and Doris Kahane. Her father, Max Kahane, was a member of the Young Communist League and, later, the Communist party of Germany. Because her parents were Jewish and active in communism they had to flee the Nazi regime to Spain and later France.[1] She is the sister of the film director Peter Kahane.

Kahane studied in Rostock[2] for a bachelor's degree in Latin American studies and worked as a translator.

Working with East Germany's state security service (Stasi)[edit]

Between 1974 and 1982 Kahane served as an unofficial collaborator of the Ministry for State Security (Stasi) in East Germany under the code name "Victoria". Stasi files connected to her work include more than 800 pages of reports. Among others, Kahane surveilled artists, students from West Berlin universities and West German television reporters.[3][4]


Since 1998, Anetta Kahane served as the president of the Amadeu Antonio Foundation.[5] founded by Karl Konrad Graf von der Groeben[6] Her organisation works against xenophobia, antisemitism and right-wing extremism. In 2012 she was awarded the Moses Mendelssohn prize (de) donated by the Senate of Berlin.

In 2015, the Amadeu Antonio Foundation followed the German Ministry of Justice's invitation to take part in a task force against hate speech on social media, thereby allowing Kahane to continue her tradition of denouncing to German authorities those of differing or unpopular political opinions, often on very spurious evidence and thus very much in the same vein as her former work for the GDR’s Stasi.


Kahane is a regular columnist for Berliner Zeitung[7] and Frankfurter Rundschau.[8]


  • Ich durfte, die anderen mussten (I was allowed, the other had to) In Vincent von Wroblewsky, ed. (1993). Zwischen Thora und Trabant : Juden in der DDR (Between Torah and Trabant. Jews in the GDR) (in German). Berlin: Aufbau-Verlag. pp. 124–144. ISBN 978-3-7466-7011-9.
  • Ich sehe was, was du nicht siehst : meine deutschen Geschichten (I spy with my little eye. My German stories) (in German). Berlin: Rowohlt Verlag. 2004. ISBN 978-3-87134-470-1.


  • 1991: Theodor-Heuss-Medallie[9]
  • 2002: Moses-Mendelssohn-Preis of Berlin[10]


  1. ^ Kurt Pätzold: Die Mär vom Antisemitismus in der DDR, Berlin 2010, S. 34.
  2. ^ Philipp Lengsfeld (April 2018). "Kritische Durchsicht" (PDF). Berlin. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Eine Stasi-Debatte, die nicht beendet wurde | Berliner Zeitung". Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  4. ^ "DDR: Birthler-Behörde ließ Stasi-Spitzel einladen - DIE WELT". 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  5. ^ "Rechtsextreme Kampagne gegen die Amadeu Antonio Stiftung | Netz gegen Nazis". (in German). Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  6. ^ "Der Stifter: Karl Konrad Graf von der Groeben (†)" (in German). Amadeu Antonio Stiftung. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  7. ^ "articles by Anetta Kahane" (in German). Berliner Zeitung. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Anetta Kahane alle News und Informationen - Frankfurter Rundschau". (in German). Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  9. ^ "Theodor Heuss Preis 1991" (PDF). (in German). Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  10. ^ "MOSES-MENDELSSOHN-PREIS 2002 AN ANETTA KAHANE". (in German). Retrieved 2016-07-16.