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Synagogue daubed, “Heil Hitler” yelled

A synagogue in the German city of Erfurt was besmeared on early Saturday

According to a German news portal the small synagogue in the old part of Erfurt, Germany, was daubed on early Saturday morning. That same night a group of four was heard shouting antisemitic abuse close to the old part of Erfurt, including shouting “Heil Hitler”. The police are looking for the suspected persons. It is unclear if these two incidents stand in connection



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Young Man Wearing Kippah Suffers Antisemitic Insults and Assault in Berlin

On Tuesday 21st June a young man wearing a Kippah was attending the “Fête de la Musique” festival in Berlin when he was attacked. The aggression started when three young men shouted antisemitic insult at him then started to get physical and beat and kick him. After the attack, the perpetrators were able to escape. The young man did not need to receive medical treatment however, the police have opened an investigation.


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Anti-Semitic vandalism in Berlin-Mitte

On February 10th a passerby noticed anti-Semitic vandalism in the Albrecht street in Berlin-Mitte where a star of David was scratched intentionally

The sign of the “Arbeitsgemeinschaft Judentum und Christentum in der Evangelischen Kirche Berlin Brandenburg – schlesische Oberlausitz” (Association of Judaism and Christianity in the Protestant Church of Berlin Brandenburg – Silesian Upper Lusatia) contains a Star of David and a cross. In February the Star of David was scratched intentionally with an object while the rest of the shield remained untouched.
The “Arbeitsgemeinschaft” later released a statement saying, that “the Star of David, as far as we remember, already had been scratched in 2014/2015 in connection with the Gaza war.” This kind of anti-Semitic vandalism shows the need for more work between religious communities to counter such bigotry.

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Holocaust denial in Berlin

In Berlin a sign documenting the places from where jews were deported has been repeatedly vandalized with antisemitic and holocaust-denying slurs.

The Berlin based initiative “Sie waren Nachbarn” (They were neighbours) installed a sign at the place where the majority of Jews from Berlin were deported from. It reads “Von hier fuhren Züge ins Gas” (From here trains headed into the gas). The word “Gas” was overwritten and scrawled on six times, beginning in June 2015 until the whole sign was destroyed in March this year. Repeatedly the word “Gas” was crossed out, also daubings like “Falsch” (wrong) and “Beweise bitte!” (proof please!) were added. Volunteers for “Sie waren Nachbarn” removed the graffiti each time. These are attacks on the memory of the deported and murdered Jews not only in Berlin but also on the Shoah as history. This evidence of Holocaust denial shows that antisemitism continues in Germany today.