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A new record Germany shouldn’t be proud of
 
10/20/2020
 

Record High Anti-Semitic Violence in Germany

A new record Germany shouldn’t be proud of

BY JOSUE MICHELS

Hatred for Jews is again rising in Germany. 2019 was a record year for anti-Semitic offenses. Germany is a country that holds many records and excels in various ways, but that’s a record it shouldn’t be proud of.

In 2019, the police registered 1,839 anti-Semitic crimes nationwide. This corresponds to at least five attacks a day. Germany’s federal government reported that anti-Semites committed more offenses in 2019 than any year since 2001. (In 2001, the federal government started to specifically categorize politically motivated crimes; comparisons to previous years are therefore difficult to nail down.)

Most offenses are attributed to neo-Nazis and other right-wing groups, according to government documents that have been made available to Tagesspiegel, following a regular inquiry from Bundestag Vice President Petra Pau and her parliamentary group Die Linke. The numbers are likely to be higher as cases will be added to the preliminary findings of the police.

The total number of violent offenses is also at its highest, with 72 anti-Semitic acts of violence in 2019, compared to 69 in 2018. In 2019, two people were killed and at least 35 people were injured in violent anti-Semitic attacks.

 
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