Merkel marks Nazi ‘Kristallnacht’ against Jews with synagogue speech

Source: Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany has a moral duty to fight rising anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday in an emotional speech at a Berlin synagogue to mark the 80th anniversary of a Nazi campaign of attacks on Jews.

Ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, also known as Night of Broken Glass, in Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, also known as Night of Broken Glass, at Rykestrasse Synagogue, in Berlin, Germany, November 9, 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, also known as Night of Broken Glass, at Rykestrasse Synagogue, in Berlin, Germany, November 9, 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

Dressed in black, Merkel told Jewish leaders that violence against Jews, blamed on far-right militants or Muslims, was growing in Germany now, 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.”

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