‘Verbal attacks have become part of everyday Jewish life in Germany’

Source: The Local

‘Verbal attacks have become part of everyday Jewish life in Germany’
People demonstrating against anti-Semitism in Berlin in 2014. Photo: DPA
The head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany argued in an interview that much more educational work needs to be done in schools to combat anti-Semitism.

Dr. Josef Schuster, head of the Central Council of Jews, spoke with the founder of the initiative Faces of Democracy, Sven Lilienström, about the importance of German democracy, Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and modern anti-Semitism in Germany.

Dr. Schuster, the Federal Republic of Germany has come a long way towards a stable democracy. How important are democracy and democratic values to you personally?

As a child of parents who escaped the Nazis only through sheer luck, and the grandchild of people who were murdered in Auschwitz, I cannot value democracy and the values of our constitution highly enough. Respect for and protection of human dignity, fundamental rights as well as freedom of religion – these are all valuable achievements that we need to preserve.

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