Merkel condemns rising anti-Semitism
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.