Merkel con­demns ris­ing anti-Semitism

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Ger­many has a mo­ral duty to fight ris­ing anti-Semitism, Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel said Fri­day in an emo­tional speech at a Ber­lin syn­a­gogue to mark the 80th an­niver­sary of a Nazi cam­paign of at­tacks on Jews.

Merkel told Jewish lead­ers that vi­o­lence against Jews, blamed on far-right mil­i­tants or Mus­lims, was grow­ing in Ger­many eight decades later.

“Jewish life is blos­som­ing again in Ger­many — an un­ex­pected gift to us af­ter the Shoah,” she said, us­ing the He­brew word for the Holo­caust. “But we are also wit­ness­ing a wor­ry­ing anti-Semitism that threat­ens Jewish life in our coun­try.”

Ger­many and Aus­tria on Fri­day marked Kristall­nacht, a wave of killings of Jews and loot­ing and destruc­tion of prop­erty launched on Nov. 9, 1938. The name refers to the bro­ken glass that lit­tered streets out­side syn­a­gogues and Jewish shops and homes.

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