‘Ju­den Raus’ re-emerges – in Tran­syl­va­nia

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY PETRU CLEJ

THE AP­PEAR­ANCE of the no­to­ri­ous Nazi slo­gan “Ju­den Raus” in graf­fiti at a Ro­ma­nian rail­way sta­tion has raised con­cerns about ris­ing an­ti­semitism in the coun­try.

Anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion ac­tivist An­dra Camelia Cor­dos pho­tographed the word scrib­bled on one of the pil­lars of Cluj rail­way sta­tion in Tran­syl­va­nia.

The phrase, Ger­man for “Jews out”, ap­peared fre­quently in Nazi pro­pa­ganda, most no­tably as a 1936 chil­dren’s board game.

18,000 Jews were de­ported from Cluj and the sur­round­ings to Auschwitz in May and June 1944, when the city and north­ern Transly­va­nia were part of Nazi-oc­cu­pied Hun­gary.

Ms Cor­dos said she had pre­vi­ously seen an­ti­semitic slo­gans and swastikas sprayed in other places in Cluj.

The rail­way sta­tion is less than one kilo­me­tre away from the Ne­olog Syn­a­gogue, which it­self was sprayed last June with the English slo­gan “Holo­caust never hap­pened”.

Marco Max­i­m­il­ian Katz, from the Cen­tre for Mon­i­tor­ing and Com­bat­ing Anti- Semitism in Ro­ma­nia, said it was not an iso­lated in­ci­dent.

“In Ro­ma­nia, at present, we live in an en­vi­ron­ment where na­tion­al­ism, an­ti­semitism and racism are be­com­ing prod­ucts of mass con­sump­tion ma­nip­u­lated by politi­cians and pub­lic opin­ion lead­ers,” he told the JC.

“Lo­cally, con­trary to the in­ter­na­tion­ally re­leased state­ments, they do not miss any oc­ca­sion to play down or to­tally ig­nore the ur­gency of im­ple­ment­ing real and ef­fec­tive mea­sures for keep­ing racial and re­li­gious hate un­der con­trol.

A 2002 law crim­i­nalises Holo­caust de­nial and fas­cist or­gan­i­sa­tions, but is al­most never en­forced, ac­cord­ing Alexan­dru Flo­rian, di­rec­tor of the Na­tional In­sti­tute for the Study of Holo­caust.

“The fact that lo­cal author­i­ties en­cour­age the ‘bad’ Holo­caust mem­ory or that the law is not pro­duc­ing any ef­fects can be in­cluded in the ‘what the author­i­ties don’t do to com­bat an­ti­semitism’ col­umn,” he said.

Ilan Laufer, a min­is­ter who holds Ro­ma­nian and Is­raeli na­tion­al­ity, de­clined to com­ment. The graf­fiti at Cluj rail­way sta­tion

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