Anti-Semitism Lives


When I was growing up in the fifties, we didn’t talk too much about be Jewish. Our parents had suffered greatly during WWII and knew that antisemitism existed at every turn.

The other night I watched The Boy In The Striped Pajamas. It’s worth seeing- the story of a Nazi family whose father is in charge of one of the concentration camps. It’s a grim reminder of the hatred that existed there.

Then as things happen, I saw this article on how antisemitism has made a dramatic comeback in Central Europe and another about the discovery of 1,500 works by masters such as Picasso, Renoir and Matisse confiscated from the Jews by Nazis.

A report released in April of this year by Tel Aviv University reported that there were 686 acts of violence and vandalism last year, including 273 attacks on persons of all ages, 190 synagogues, cemeteries and monuments desecrated, and over 200 private and public properties damaged. In addition, there were 50 attacks with a weapon, 89 without, 166 direct threats on lives, and 373 cases of vandalism. Most of the attacks (510) took place in countries where the largest communities outside Israel reside: France (200), the US (99), the UK (84), Canada (74) and Australia (53).

Let us not forget that terrible persistence hatred neither began nor ended with Hitler.

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