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Considering how few Jews live in Germany, the increasing offenses are alarming.
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09/22/2021
 

Eastern Germany Sees Dramatic Rise in Anti-Semitic Offenses

Considering how few Jews live in Germany, the increasing offenses are alarming.

BY JOSUE MICHELS

The German federal government registered 580 anti-Semitic crimes in the East German states of Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia last year. In 2019, 491 anti-Semitic crimes were recorded; 416 in 2018; and 330 in 2017. The drastic increase over the years is an alarming sign for the whole world.

Germany currently has a population of over 83 million people, with around 5 million Muslims. Before the 1930s, the Jewish community had around 560,000 members. Since then, the community has shrunk to only around 95,000 people.

This makes the number of anti-Semitic crimes most concerning. "The ever-increasing number of anti-Semitic crimes in recent years is alarming," Free Democratic Party politician Marcus Faber said, according to Welt (Watch Jerusalem translation throughout). Every single act, he said, is an attack on a free society. "We must not look away and must take a clear stand against any form of anti-Semitism," Faber said.

 
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