60 years pass without lessons learned
European Jews claim that Europe is facing the disheartening reality of more neo-Nazis and Nazi sympathisers than ever before.
Brussels -- European Jews marked the 70th anniversary of Nazi Germany's Kristallnacht pogrom on Monday, saying that the situation of Jews in Europe is worse than it was 60 years ago.
"Today we feel worse than after the Second World War," Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress (EJC), said at the ceremonies in Brussels marking Kristallnacht or Night of Broken Glass. "What politicians and governments nowadays in Europe permit themselves is something which we could not have imagined 10 or 20 years ago." Kantor said.
There were now more neo-Nazis and Nazi sympathisers in Europe than there were Jews, he said. At the same time it is increasingly apparent that the memory of the Holocaust is fading away.
"The world is once again in danger," Kantor warned. Above all, the worldwide financial crisis is again creating fertile ground for anti-semitism and intolerance.
The EJC, based in Paris, is the umbrella organization of 40 elected leaders of the Jewish groups of individual European countries.
The EJC remembrance ceremonies came a day after Germany marked the 70th anniversary of the Kristallnacht, when mobs attacked and torched synagogues, Jewish shops and homes throughout Nazi Germany, killing more than 1,300 people.