Kristallnacht anniversary: France warns of steep rise in anti-Semitism

_104243672_gettyimages-939545992Source: BBC News

On the 80th anniversary of the Nazi Kristallnacht attack on Germany’s Jews, French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe has revealed a 69% increase in anti-Semitic incidents this year.

“We are a very far cry from ridding ourselves of anti-Semitism,” he said, calling on France not to remain indifferent to a “relentless” rise.

The 1938 night of broken glass produced an orgy of violence against Jews.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she lacked the words to describe it.

In a speech in Berlin’s Rykestrasse synagogue, she said the pogrom night of 9 November led to the Holocaust, and yet anti-Semitism still flourished in public and online.

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