German Jewish Couple In Nazi Germany-Style Arson Attack

A Jewish couple in Germany has been targeted by antisemitic thugs who daubed ‘Jude’ on their front door and tried to set the house on fire in attack with eerie similarities to the ‘Night of Broken Glass’ attacks under the Nazi’s in 1938.

The arson attack took place in the town of Hemmingen just outside Hanover, capital of the German state of Lower Saxony.

According to local media, the unnamed Jewish woman woke up to find that her doormat had been torched and part of the front door had been damaged.

To her shock, she also found that the word ‘Jude’ (German for ‘Jew’) painted in red on the door.

Reports also said that the entrance to their allotment further down the road had also been daubed with ‘Jude’.

Rebecca Seidler from the liberal Jewish Community of Hanover said: “Someone knew that the inhabitants are Jewish. The allotment gate is about a three-minute walk from the family home. They had to know that the garden belongs to those affected.”

The police have launched a full-scale investigation in the suspected antisemitic arson attack, even distributing leaflets in the area asking for witnesses to come forward.

In the leaflet, the police said: “Attempts were made to set fire to a neighbourhood home on apparently antisemitic grounds”.

Seidler said that the married Jewish couple live a quiet life, adding: “They are very worried and cannot explain the incident.”

Seidler believes that the incident underscores what many Jewish communities in Germany are experiencing “more and more”.

The incident bore an eerie resemblance to the infamous ‘Kristallnacht’ (‘Night of Broken Glass’) in Nazi-Germany in 1938 when Hitler’s SA paramilitary and street mobs started a pogrom against Jewish citizens, smashing shop windows, burning down synagogues and ransacking or tagging the houses where Jews lived.

According to the so-called Experts Circle of Antisemitism, founded in 2009 by the German Interior Ministry as an independent research body, about 20 percent of the country’s population is “latent antisemitic” and warned about the dangers of neo-Nazis as well as Islamic extremists.

The commission concluded that Jews in Germany view antisemitism among Muslims as an ever-increasing problem.

While the problem with Muslim communities must be monitored, right-wing extremists still make up the largest antisemitic group in Germany, according to the commission.

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Story By: Koen BerghuisSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Central European News


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