European Jews remember Kristallnacht

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Members of the European Jewish Congress gather in Brussels to mark the 70th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s riots.

11 November 2008

BRUSSELS - European Jews on Monday marked the 70th anniversary of Nazi Germany's Kristallnacht riots while warning that their situation 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 the Kristallnacht.

"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. Increasingly, remembrance of the Holocaust is fading away.

"The world is once again in danger," Kantor warned. Above all, the worldwide financial crisis may lead to increased anti-Semitism and intolerance.

The EJC, based in Paris, is the umbrella organization of 40 elected leaders of Jewish groups of individual European countries.

The EJC remembrance ceremonies came a day after Germany marked the 70th anniversary of the Kristallnacht, “the night of shattered glass”, of 9 November 1938, when mobs attacked and burned synagogues and Jewish shops and homes throughout Nazi Germany, killing more than 1,300 people.

[Dpa / Expatica]

1 Comment To This Article

  • Partha Banerjee posted:

    on 12th November 2008, 11:07:48 - Reply

    Yes, people are forgetting Holocaust. Any new film on Holocaust coming up? People can forget Darfur, Bosnia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Palestine but not the untouchable 6 million figure. They will keep pegging at the guilt of the Europeans. They will as they have before, repeatedly used the Holocaust as their main weapon to blackmail Europe as if there are nothing else so bad that has happened on earth. What about Palestinian genocide EJC?