August 13, 2021

Significantly more antisemitic crimes in East Germany

The number of anti-Jewish crimes in East Germany has increased steadily and significantly over the past four years. This emerges from the response of the federal government to a small request from the Stendal deputy Marcus Faber (FDP), which is available to the German press agency. According to this, the federal government registered 580 antisemitic crimes in Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia in the past year. Four years ago there were 330 antisemitic crimes, 416 in 2018 and 491 in 2019.

"The ever increasing number of antisemitic crimes in recent years is alarming," said Faber, looking at the numbers. Every single act is an attack on the free society. "We must not look the other way and we must clearly oppose any form of antisemitism," said the member of the Bundestag.

According to the answer from the Ministry of the Interior to Faber's request, the federal government supports numerous programs to prevent extremism and support those affected. In Saxony-Anhalt, the CDU, SPD and FDP have included the fight against antisemitism and right-wing extremism as a goal in the draft of the joint coalition agreement. Among other things, the previous post of contact person for Jewish life is to be expanded to become an antisemitism officer.

Source: welt