The origins of anti-Semitism - The Holocaust

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That's because Germany has taken extraordinary steps since the end of World War II to atone for the Holocaust and prevent anti-Semitism from taking hold again. The country has paid reparations to Jewish victims of Nazi persecution, erected dozens of memorials to those murdered and turned anti-Semitic speech into a crime.

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Fighting Anti-Semitism in Germany - The New York Times

Yet in the intervening years, across Europe and worldwide, we have seen the rise of extremist politics, from the National Front Party in France to extremist electoral gains in Austria, Greece, Hungary and the Netherlands, much of it fueled by anti-immigration rhetoric and intolerance, but also by neo-Nazism and the very same anti-Semitic language and tropes that gave rise to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.

When there is  anti-semitism, the “lady” will run to Israel, and leave Europe to its fate.

In 2016, Germany recorded 1,468 anti-Semitic incidents, an increase from previous years that has put Germany's Jewish community on edge, According to a recent survey by the Bielefeld University in western Germany, 62% of Jewish respondents said they experience anti-Semitism in their everyday lives, while 28% said they were victims of verbal attacks or harassment in the past year.

The new flyers make explicitly anti-Semitic references, and continue to accuse Jews of enjoying “Jewish Privilege” and controlling the US.


The first part is to expose and combat anti-Semitism

Other instances of anti-Semitism in Germany have become more common and brazen recently. Last month, thieves in Berlin made off with more than a dozen cobblestone-sized plaques embedded in sidewalks memorializing victims of the Holocaust. And the German military found Nazi memorabilia in soldiers' barracks over the summer.

World Remembers Holocaust Amid Rising Anti-Semitism …

This theme was gruesomely evoked in a cartoon that appeared in the January 27, 2003, issue of The Independent in England. It showed a grotesque, naked Ariel Sharon eating the bloody body of a Palestinian youth. Another visualization of the theme appeared this past March in the form of a wall poster cartoon that was exhibited in the town square of Cologne, Germany. This drawing portrayed a person seen from chest level down who was wearing a bib with a Jewish Star on it, with a plate in front of him on which he was using a knife marked “Gaza” and a red, white, and blue fork to carve up a miniature, bleeding human figure dressed like a Palestinian (with a keffiyeh around his neck). Beside the plate was a glass filled with a red liquid. Explaining why the public prosecutor’s office declined to charge the poster maker with inciting racial hatred, a spokesman explained: “It is not a tendency of hostility toward Jews, but an actual criticism of the situation in Gaza. The cartoon is a sarcastic expression of the Israeli army in Gaza.” I will talk about denial of anti-Semitism later in this presentation, but it is worth keeping this comment on a contemporary rendering of the blood libel theme in mind.

Anti-Semitism | NC Council on the Holocaust Workshops

Echoes of traditional Christian anti-Semitism can be heard not only in the words of theologians and spokesmen of religious bodies, mainstream or fringe, but also in more popular discourse. For example, working in a medium that favors short-hand allusions that accompany or are conveyed by starkly rendered graphic images, cartoonists have recirculated the blood libel charge that had so much currency and did so much harm in the Christian Middle Ages.

Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust: Language, Rhetoric …

It has been widely noted by scholars that themes familiar from historic Christian anti-Semitism have found fertile soil in which to grow within the Islamic world. And thus the blood libel, for one thing, has often been repeated in Arab countries. But no theme from Western-generated anti-Semitism has become as widespread – both in the Islamic world and beyond – as the concept of a global Jewish conspiracy dedicated to controlling the world. It is a theme that Anthony Julius, in his recent book on the history of anti-Semitism in England, says was “new… in the late nineteenth century.” As Julius puts it, “Anti-Semitism… ceased to address a problem within medieval life; it instead addressed the pattern of modern life.”