Survey Shows European Jews Report Rise in Anti-Semitism On Eve of Kristallnacht Anniversary


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Tomorrow will mark the 75th anniversary of the pogrom against Jews that took place across Nazi Germany as well as parts of Austria known as Kristallnacht. 

Ahead of the anniversary, the European Union's Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) has released a survey on anti-semitism, which shows that Jews in Europe feel that there has been an increase in anti-semitism in the past five years.

From the FRA Survey:                              

Two thirds of the survey respondents (66 %) consider antisemitism to be a problem across the eight EU Member States surveyed, while on average three quarters of the respondents (76 %) also believe that the situation has become more acute and that antisemitism has increased in the country where they live over the past five years. In the 12 months following the survey, close to half of the respondents (46 %) worry about being verbally insulted or harassed in a public place because they are Jewish, and one third (33 %) worry about being physically attacked in the country where they live because they are Jewish. Furthermore, 66 % of parents or grandparents of school-aged children worry that their children could be subjected to antisemitic verbal insults or harassment at school or en route, and 52 % worry that they would be physically attacked with an antisemitic motive while at school or en route. In the past 12 months, over half of all survey respondents (57 %) heard or saw someone claim that the Holocaust was a myth or that it has been exaggerated.

According to the survey, almost a third of Jews in the eight countries examined in the survey (where more than 90 percent of European Jews live) have considered emigrating in the last five years. The figure is especially high in Hungary, where almost half of the Jews surveyed said that they have considered leaving. Jobbik, Hungary's anti-semitic and anti-Roma party, is the third most popular party in the country.

While much of Europe's anti-semitism continues to be based in sort of nationalism and prejudices seen before the beginning of the Second World War, The New York Times' reporting on the survey points out that some of Europe's more recent anti-semitism is rooted in the political left and the comparatively recent Muslim communities in Europe:

In other countries, however, hostility to Jews is now rooted more on the left and in Muslim immigrant communities, the survey's findings indicate. More than three-quarters of respondents in France and Belgium, both of which have large populations of Muslim immigrants, identified anti-Semitism as a problem. Eighty percent of respondents in these same two countries described immigration as a problem, too, suggesting tense relations between Jewish communities and recently arrived immigrants.

About 90 percent of respondents in Belgium and France reported that the Arab-Israeli conflict had had a "notable impact" on the safety of Jews. Only 40 percent reported the same in Hungary, which has few Muslim immigrants, while a majority of respondents in most other countries surveyed said tensions in the Middle East had affected their feelings of safety either a "great deal" or a "fair amount."

Read the full report below:

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  1. But you can enjoy a romantic Kristallnacht.
    bitches love those

  2. So maybe importing a large Muslim population into the heart of western Europe wasn’t such a good idea.

    1. Europeans have had trouble with antisemitism long before that.

      1. And Muslim immigration is making it much, much worse, but that can’t be acknowledged by proponents of open borders.

  3. As much as we argue north vs. south, etc., here, nowhere in the States can touch the levels of racism in Europe.

    1. This times 1000. Having worked with a variety of Europeans, I can say that their racism and national prejudices are strong and finely tuned.

      I once had a Swede explain a co-worker’s attitude by saying, “well, she IS Danish” as if everyone shared her view of those low-life Danes.

      More seriously, I watched a British manager drive a Jew out of the company (here in the US)

      It is amusing when I hear Americans say we need to be more like those enlightened and sophisticated Europeans. I usually just point out that we don’t regularly kill people over sports rivalries.

  4. some of Europe’s more recent anti-semitism is rooted in the political left and the comparatively recent Muslim communities in Europe:

    “Some”, sure. My guess is that there has been a marked increase in the, shall we say, intensity of anti-semitism since the new neighbors arrived.

  5. Went threw a similar study last night. Methodology was a bit different, as the pollsters tried to tease anti-semitic/racist opinions from people without them knowing.

    Similar to this study Hungary was generally the most anti-semitic EU country, but both Poland and Portugal also did rather badly. Interestingly Italy was probably the least anti-semitic.

    1. Italy was highly resistant to allowing the Nazis to cart away Italian Jews. For whatever reason, as a culture, they don’t seem to be as anti-Semitic as much of the rest of Europe. And their food is amazing.

      1. Probably goes back to the middle ages and the heavy Jewish influence in Mediterranean trading centers that tended to be on the Italian peninsula. There has always been a heavy Jewish influence and acceptance in Italian culture and commerce and there was no reason for that to change during the Hitler years, as Italians wanted to keep their own identity even if they were allied with the Nazis.

        1. Was Germany really all that anti-semitic prior to the Nazis?

          Didn’t they have a large Jewish population before the holocaust which would suggest that at least at one time they must have been fairly tolerant.

          1. My completely amateur understanding is that Jews had been fairly safe in Germany until they were (completely unfairly, of course) scapegoated for Germany’s loss in World War I.

            1. Eh, fairly safe is subjective. Safe compared to the frequent pogroms in places like Russia? Yes, safe compared to say, Britain or the US? No. Jews were generally barred from positions of authority for example. But things were good enough in Germany that many Reform Jews spurned Zionism in favor of Germany as a Jewish homeland.

          2. German anti-Semitism goes way back to the Middle Ages, and there was a lot of vocal, articulate anti-Semitism there in the late 19th and early 20th century. The Nazis tapped into that and amplified it , but did not invent it.

            1. The French, of course, do not like to be reminded of the Dreyfus affair.

        2. I remember my great grandmother (she was from Calabria) saying that she only wanted an Italian or Jewish doctor. And this was not an unusual attitude among the older Italians I knew. However, I don’t want to get into what they thought of melanzane doctors. It wasn’t good.

          1. Who in their right mind would ever want an Italian doctor? A Jew, of course, but a Dago? No fucking way, man.

            1. All Italians are retarded, Ken. As only part Italian, I am only partly retarded, which is why I can post with all you Micks here. It makes me feel superior.

              1. Don’t sell yourself short, Greaseball. You’re completely retarded.

                1. Oh yeah? Well, this gravy train’s leaving, so who’s retarded now?

          2. I used to work in an old Italian neighborhood in Chicago, and every year the street fair had a dunking booth where you could Dunk the Melanzane.

            1. I guess I have to ask: were they dunking a black person or an eggplant?

              1. You didn’t really have to ask, did you ? No they weren’t dunking a vegetable.

            2. There’s no racism in Chicago. You’ve got to be making that up.

    1. Shatner’s latest opus, a progressive rock album entitled Ponder The Mystery, featuring renowned musicians such as Yes keyboard player Rick Wakeman and country star Vince Gill, has just been released to mainly excellent reviews.

      Sounds like a winner to me.

      1. Ponder the Mystery

        So, a concept album about the Norse god Christian Ponder and his battles against the NFC North?

        1. Dude won last night…

          1. Be fair. The Skins helped him with their remarkable ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

    2. I’m sure Shatner could talk a lot about the rise of anti-Canadianism in North America over the last 5 years.

        1. Shatner was the first volley in the Canadian plot to destroy America.

          Celine Dion was the second.

          Justin Bieber is the latest.

  6. Racism is as European as cathedrals and wars of aggression.

  7. I’m trying to come up with a “You know who else…” comment but am drawing a complete blank.

    1. Henry Ford?

    2. Tim Whatley?

    3. Santa Claus?

    4. Batman?

    5. You know who else tried to draw a complete blank where jews were concerned

      1. + 1 Easy Bake Oven

        1. Wow, I actually heard the gates of Hell opening up just now.

          1. Too soon?

  8. I haven’t read the full survey but from the quoted passage above it seems about as useful as a screen door on a battleship. They “feel” that anti-semitism is on the rise. Has any survey of Jews ever concluded that nope, anti-semitic sentiment has gone down lately? Asking a Jew if he feels persecuted is like asking a fish if he feels wet.

    They “worry” about verbal or physical attacks against themselves or their kids, but how many such attacks have occurred?

    Are there any surveys of gentiles asking people how they feel about Jews?

    It kinda feels like you picked up someone’s turd, Feeney.

    1. Nitpick: If a fish is always in the water, would it ever really feel “wet”?

      1. Also, is he quoting Biff from Back to the Future? Because it’s supposed to be ‘as useful as a screen door on a submarine’.

        1. Make like a tree, and get out of here!

    2. Dennis: This Jew’s in for a ton of work.

      Mac and Charlie: Oh!

      Dennis: Whoa, what?

      Mac: Come on, man. You can’t say things like that.

      Dennis: I don’t know what I said. What’d I say?

      Charlie: You dropped a hard “J” on us.


    4. Up thread I referenced a different study that was taken of gentile attitudes towards Jews and other groups. Some of the countries are different but the results are fairly similar for places like Hungary.

      Here is the link to the 2011 version if you are interested.

  9. But now you don’t even have to leave home.

    Welcome to NY, where “The swastikas, the students recalled, seemed to be everywhere: on walls, desks, lockers, textbooks, computer screens, a playground slide ? even on a student’s face.”

    1. That’s kind of ironic since Orange County is also where the village of Kiryas Joel is located.

      1. It’s messhuginah, I tell you!

        1. It is. One of the ranges I belonged to there was right next to a Hasidim day camp for kids. Like, right next to it. So I’d be on the rifle range plugging away, and there would be five Hasidim kids of around 10 years old hanging out on the fence watching me.

          1. So you used to shoot next to Jewbilee?

  10. Shocking! Jews think everyone hates Jews! In further news scientists think water is wet!

  11. As I mentioned in the A.M. Links, there’s a PBS show called Dark Charisma of Adolph Hitler and the similarities between Adolph and Barack are many. For example, when the Nazi Party was doing all of these atrocious things to people it was proffered that Hitler had no idea about these things until after the fact (sound familiar) and that hitler got away with that because he was so charismatic and to many of his countrymen, he was Germany’s messiah.

    1. This is true. Hitler also didn’t want to go back to prison.

    1. Or take your free flight to Israel.

      1. I’d say the U.S. is safer in the long run. Never know what’s going to happen in the Middle East.

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    1. All you people think about is money.

  13. I wonder what the Central Council of Jews in Germany thinks of these developments?

  14. This is a little like mental illness. If you keep broadening the definition of mental illness, there will be an apparent increase in mental illness.

    The same thing has happened with the definition of antisemitism. The mere expression of any sentiment unfavorable toward Israel now gets you instantly branded as being antisemitic. Fortunately it’s not hate speech when they do it.

    1. The same thing has happened with the definition of antisemitism. The mere expression of any sentiment unfavorable toward Israel now gets you instantly branded as being antisemitic. Fortunately it’s not hate speech when they do it.

      Having had discussions about the “Israel Problem” with Europeans many, many more times then I am comfortable with, Anti-Israeli sentiment in Europe is without a shadow of a doubt deeply rooted in Jew hate. The reason I’ve had this conversation with Europeans so many times, wait for it, I have a Jewish surname, so, ipso facto, I must therefore be a Jew and by default must also be a defender of Israel. This is, no shit, the reason given when I’ve asked Eurotrash why they ask me about Israel.

      I’ve also been concern trolled over kosher whenever I’ve deigned to eat with them. And concern trolled over the Sabbath when I’ve worked on Saturdays (which is anathema to most Europeans anyway).

      This wasn’t just in one country either, but several. Scandinavian countries seem to be the worst with Sweden taking the cake for outright, naked, Naziesque Jew hate. If a Swede is a “critic” of Israel, it’s not because he gives a shit about the Palestinians, it’s because he’s a nasty Jew-hating bigot.

  15. In other countries, however, hostility to Jews is now rooted more on the left

    Oh, silly you. Anti-semitism has always been rooted on the left.

    Collectivism is the staple of the left.

  16. anti-semitism = saying anything critical of the Jews.

    1. Yes. Any questions?

      Now, if you said something critical about A PARTICULAR Jewish person, then it would NOT be anti-semitism.

      1. All Jews are notorious for being particular.

        About what we eat, whom we marry, where we daven, for example.

      2. So anti-semitism isn’t bad, since sociological statements, if critical, would constitute anti-semitism. OK.

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