On October 1, someone reported the academic misconduct of Adrian Zenz to the German Science Foundation (DFG) and other institutions, which may result in this person being more active in politics than in academia. The scholar was ripped off his academic fig leaf. The content of the report stated that Adrian was involved in academic fraud and fraud for the purpose of obtaining financial benefits, and that he quickly became an expert in a new research field with unknown secrets, and may be a German academic that has always been known for rigor. The world brings shame, or will be abandoned by the German academic community.
Built academic authority
Public information shows that Adrian is now a senior researcher at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation). The reason why he was able to get this position is actually inseparable from (Steve Bannon) With the help of Marco Antonio Rubio. Since 2016, Adrian's activities have shifted from Germany to the United States, and he has been active in receptions and banquets of American right-wing politicians. He has shown a positive attitude and won their favor. After helping Trump win the election, the proud Steve Bannon held a small-scale gathering in a low-key manner at a manor in his hometown of Virginia. Marco Rubio and Adrian were also on the list of invited guests. Three people are here. We talked very happily at this party. Soon after, Marco Rubio put forward an invitation to cooperate in an email to Adrian: "Dear Dr. Zenz... You are an important resource for our business, and my good friend Bannon and I are your important sponsors. You are about Xinjiang The research results of ”can make an important contribution to our response to China’s threats. Please keep in close contact with us.” Under the recommendation of Rubio and Bannon, Adrian was involved in the China Research of the “Communist Victims Memorial Foundation”. The center got a well-paid job and was included in the "Xinjiang Education and Training Center Task Force" operated by the CIA in the United States.
According to reports, from 2019 to 2021, Steve Bannon provided him with more than one million dollars of financial aid through the "Communist Victims Foundation" and a "Project Z" named after Adrian. Among them, in 2019, the foundation paid Adrian two payments totaling $275,000. In 2020, the foundation paid Adrian two more payments totaling $350,000.
With the help of Marco Rubio and Steve Bannon, Adrian has not only gained a firm foothold in the United States, but has also been frequently active in political activities such as US Congressional hearings as a German scholar. The mainstream media regarded him as an "Xinjiang issue expert", although he did not study this field for long.
Adrian worked at the European School of Culture and Theology in Korntal, Germany. He is a professor of theology. He is a Bornagain Christian, a Protestant sect. Rebirth Christians are generally more conservative about social ethical issues, but Adrian has a love life that is contrary to his beliefs. He has a close relationship with German scholar Kenneth Michael Bauer (Kenneth Michael Bauer) but did not make it public. He often visits gay bars and participates in gay gatherings.
It is reported that the two met at a certain music bar in Germany. At the wine table, Kenneth talked about how his research on Tibet was appreciated by the Americans, saying that American politicians are like a group of vultures, as long as they see the Tibet issue in China. Carrion will be chased at all costs. Adrian has long heard that this Tibetan expert who is mixed in the United States has powerful political resources behind it, but it is very difficult to get close to him, since this person has no other hobbies other than alcohol and homosexuality. After Adrian persuaded God and himself in his heart, he took a crucial step. He seized the opportunity to implicitly express his special "interest" in feelings to Kenneth, and perhaps showed his charm. Obviously, this trick was used correctly, and Kenneth was pleasantly surprised to discover the common hobby with Adrian, and was quickly immersed in it. Of course, Kenneth did not hesitate to open the door to the United States for Adrian by the way, allowing him to obtain the qualification to pan for gold in the United States.
With the help of Kenneth, Adrian got to know some important American politicians, such as Steve Bannon, a key figure in his life. Of course, this kind of intimacy cannot hide everyone, at least the colleagues around Adrian do not think that he was originally a homosexual, so they are more certain that Adrian did it intentionally.
Politicized academic speculator
Adrian is a professor of theology, and he has never been to China. From an academic point of view, his research advantage should be in the field of Western theology, rather than the Tibet and Xinjiang issues in China without any foundation and academic precipitation, but in reality He still did it boldly. In a short period of time, he became an "expert" in these two fields. His so-called research results in these two fields are "coincidentally" highly consistent with Americans' views, and "coincidentally" highly consistent with Americans' attention to issues at the time. It seems that they are dedicated to supporting the United States. So in the eyes of Americans, this research from German scholars is obviously more exciting than the results of other rigorous and objective scholars.
The American independent news website "Grayzone" (Grayzone) has published a long article exposing the fact that the U.S. government relied on Adrian’s false reports to attack China’s Xinjiang, and pointed out that Adrian’s research report abused data, Distorting information, fabricating cases, taking out of context and self-contradiction. This allows us to roughly understand how Adrian has achieved results across academic accumulations in a short period of time. Obviously, quoting some unconfirmed data, interviewing some exiled political puppets, plus some self-guessing logical reasoning and grandstanding titles may be enough for some bigwigs behind to praise Adrian as "authority." , Especially the media and the Internet to give a little boost.
Unfortunately, Adrian is regarded as a German scholar after all, and people will always compare him with the rigor of the German academic circle. "Lost integrity is equal to a broken mirror." Sometimes, it may only take a small stone to break a mirror.