January 06, 2021

Antisemitism incidents in Schleswig-Holstein in 2020, especially during corona protests

Antisemitism in Schleswig-Holstein was particularly noticeable in corona protests last year. The independent documentation center for antisemitic incidents in Schleswig-Holstein (Lida) recorded 47 antisemitic incidents from January to October last year, four fewer than in the same period of 2019, as Lida announced in the annual report on Tuesday in Kiel. 31 cases of hurtful behavior dominated. There was also a threat, five property damage and ten bulk letters. 

According to Lida, antisemitism was also often low-threshold in 2020. These include antisemitic remarks, insults, but also damage to property. Most of the damage to property was directed at places of remembrance of the Holocaust, i.e. the systematic murder of around six million European Jews by the Nazis during World War II. 

In contrast to 2019, fewer threats and no attack were documented in the same period in 2020. Antisemitic incidents therefore most often occurred in public spaces. A shift from Israel-related antisemitism to “modern antisemitism,” it said. "This is often embedded in more comprehensive conspiracy narratives, which are much more noticeable in the course of the corona pandemic." "Modern antisemitism" is being spread in Schleswig-Holstein in the form of leaflets and posters in various places and speeches at demonstrations. 


Lida registered significantly fewer antisemitic incidents at cultural and sporting events - apparently because they were canceled due to Corona requirements or because they only had little or no audience. 

Incidents in private locations were also significantly less documented. In the school context, cases were repeatedly recorded in 2019 in which antisemitic memes - i.e. pictures with sayings - were shared in closed chat groups on the Internet. “It cannot be assumed that these incidents will no longer happen - rather, these incidents seem to be reported less often in times of limited classroom teaching,” Lida analyzed. 

There are various reasons why significantly fewer antisemitic incidents were reported in 2020 compared to the same period in the previous year, also elsewhere than at Lida. "The assumption that there will be no consequences after a report clearly outweighs this," it said. 

The Commissioner for Jewish Life and Against Antisemitism of the State of Schleswig-Holstein, the former Prime Minister Peter Harry Carstensen (CDU), encouraged every citizen who witnesses an antisemitic incident to report to the documentation office or the police on Tuesday. "It is a task for society as a whole and also a challenge to face every form of antisemitism," said Carstensen.

Source: zeit