The New German Anti-Semitism

(New York Times Magazine) James Angelos - Some 200,000 Jews live in Germany, a nation of 82 million people, and many are increasingly fearful. In a 2018 EU survey of European Jews, 85% of respondents in Germany characterized anti-Semitism as a "very big" or "fairly big" problem; 89% said the problem has become worse in the last five years. Slightly more than half said they directly experienced anti-Semitic harassment within the last five years, and of those, 41% perceived the perpetrator of the most serious incident to be "someone with a Muslim extremist view." Sigmount Konigsberg, the anti-Semitism commissioner for Berlin's Jewish community, believes the former sense of security has eroded. People aren't heading for the exits yet, but they are starting to think: Where did I put that suitcase? Felix Klein, Germany's first federal Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany and the Fight Against Anti-Semitism, told me the rise of anti-Semitic acts was not just a matter of rising hate but a rising willingness to express it.

2019-05-24 00:00:00

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