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October 2, 2014

Is Europe a safe place for Jews?

Holocaust survivors gather to remember the Holocaust

Holocaust survivors gather to remember the Holocaust

CAPTION: GERMAN WORRY The synagogue in Wuppertal, Germany, where a firebomb landed this summer but failed to ignite. For Jews in Germany, “this has very, very deep meaning,” said one synagogue member. Credit Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

The photo above, which shows Holocaust survivors at a gathering in Belgium, is at the top of a New York Times article entitled “Europe’s Anti-Semitism Comes Out of the Shadows”

Synagogue in Germany where an attempt to firebomb was made

Synagogue in Wuppertal Germany where an attempt to firebomb was recently made

A recent article in the New York Times, which you can read in full here, tells about changes, which have made Europe an unsafe place for Jews.

This quote is from the New York Times article:

SARCELLES, France — From the immigrant enclaves of the Parisian suburbs to the drizzly bureaucratic city of Brussels to the industrial heartland of Germany, Europe’s old demon returned this summer. “Death to the Jews!” shouted protesters at pro-Palestinian rallies in Belgium and France. “Gas the Jews!” yelled marchers at a similar protest in Germany.

The ugly threats were surpassed by uglier violence. Four people were fatally shot in May at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. A Jewish-owned pharmacy in this Paris suburb was destroyed in July by youths protesting Israel’s military campaign in Gaza. A synagogue in Wuppertal, Germany, was attacked with firebombs. A Swedish Jew was beaten with iron pipes. The list goes on.

The news spread quickly in the early morning of July 29 among the Jews of Wuppertal, Germany. Someone had tried to firebomb the city’s synagogue. The devices had failed to ignite, leaving the building with little damage, unlike the collective psyche of its members.

“For Jews in Germany, especially for us, this has very, very deep meaning,” said Artour Gourari, a local businessman and synagogue member. “Synagogues are burning again in Germany in the night.”

Nowhere in Europe has the postwar imperative to fight anti-Semitism been more complete — and more intertwined with national redemption — than in Germany. In Wuppertal, a manufacturing center, the city’s synagogue was burned in 1938 during the two-day rampage known as Kristallnacht, when an anti-Jewish pogrom swept across Nazi Germany.

After the war ended, Wuppertal’s Jewish community had no synagogue and, with only 60 members, seemed destined for extinction. But with the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, the German government opened the country to persecuted Soviet Jews, and soon refugees from Uzbekistan, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia had settled in Wuppertal. The local Jewish population reached 2,500. The presidents of Germany and Israel attended the 2002 inauguration of the new synagogue.
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Now a police van is stationed around the clock in a small park across from the synagogue. The police have arrested three suspects in the firebombing attack, all Palestinians, including one from Gaza, as well as a 17-year-old refugee. The refugee has lived in Wuppertal for two years, among the different Muslim communities of Turks, North Africans and asylum seekers from Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon.

Until the synagogue attack, Wuppertal officials had taken pride in the peaceful coexistence of so many religions and ethnicities. Many of the older Muslims had arrived in the 1960s for work but assumed they would eventually return to their home countries. Now a third generation, born in Germany, is growing up with different expectations, as well as a sense of alienation.

“They have to justify why they don’t fully belong to the society,” said Samir Bouaissa, a local Muslim leader.

One of the local high schools is named after a famous Jewish poet, Else Lasker-Schüler, and is commonly called “The School Without Racism.” Yet two recent graduates described rising tensions in the multiethnic student body, including resentment by some Muslim students over a sister-school arrangement with a school in Israel. This summer, during the Gaza crisis, several Muslim adolescents began circulating anti-Israel posts on social media.

This one “got shot yesterday,” said a Facebook post from Gaza shared by a student. It showed a photograph of a female Israeli soldier and added an obscenity. The student added his own postscript: “You get what you deserve.”

Antonia Lammertz, 19, a recent graduate, said only a small minority of students were extreme but that a softer bias was common even among the mainstream. “In my school, to be called a Jew was to be cursed, or insulted,” she said, noting a problem that officials have tried to root out at many German schools.

Spectators watch as a synagogue burns in Germany in 1938

Spectators watch as a synagogue burns in Germany in 1938

The photo above was taken in November 1938 when synagogues in  Germany were set on fire in a pogrom called Kristallnacht.  This was a signal for the Jews to get out of Germany, but alas, no country would take them.  Not even America.  You can read about the ship, called The Saint Louis here.

It is time for the Jews to get out of Europe again, and this time they have their own country to which they can go: Israel.


  1. The Suffering Sweepstakes: Talmudic Mentality in the History of World War II

    Comment by who dares wings — October 2, 2014 @ 1:39 pm

  2. “This was a signal for the Jews to get out of Germany, but alas, no country would take them. Not even America. You can read about the ship, called The Saint Louis here.” Thousands of Jews immigrated to America before, during and after WWII. 9,000 German speaking Jewish refugees were trained in psychological warfare at Camp Ritiche, Maryland according to the entry “Ritchie Boys” entry Wikepedia (down 1,000 from last year). Senator Lyndon Johnson was illegally issuing US Passports out of his Texas office to Jews in Germany. There were all sorts of other ways Germany’s Jews were entering the United States. The story of The Sain Louis’ cargo of doomed Jews is a Fred Waring, I mean a red herring. Edward R. Morrow snuck the entire German Jewish Marxist Frankfurt School into the USA and got them all plumb jobs in the OSS and later on the faculties of America’s most prestigious universities.

    Comment by who dares wings — October 2, 2014 @ 1:22 pm

  3. That would be a very good news if all those antisemitic attacks had not been perpetrated by Muslims and so also a sign of the White natives going extinct.

    Made feel like burning a synagogue… 😉

    Comment by hermie — October 2, 2014 @ 12:27 pm

    • You are a pro-nazi antisemit; aren’t You?

      Comment by Wolf Murmelstein — October 2, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

      • You forgot to add ‘Not that there’s anything wrong with that’.

        Comment by eah — October 2, 2014 @ 2:39 pm

      • Sure I am, Wolfie.

        Comment by hermie — October 2, 2014 @ 4:20 pm

  4. In recent years, greater numbers of Jews seem to have left Israel (“seem to” because ultimate dispositions can’t be inferred from movements in real time) than seem to have arrived to live in Israel. The country receiving the most of them: Germany. It makes sense to me that life in “anti-Semitic” Germany COULD still (at least for now) be better than life in socialistic, strife-torn Israel, particularly if you aren’t especially attracted to a heavily (Jewish) religious lifestyle.

    Comment by Jett Rucker — October 2, 2014 @ 9:31 am

  5. They still don’t or won’t get it will they? If Europe’s Jews want a quiet life all they need to do is kick the lunatic leaders of israel firmly in their plums. Get them to stop murdering the Palestinians and treat them from this day forward with respect. This coupled with a return of stolen land, not too much to ask, is all that is needed. Theses actions of so called anti semitism are in fact the general public giving fair warning that they have had enough of the fascist state of israel treating everyone else around them like scum.

    Comment by Clent — October 2, 2014 @ 9:04 am

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