One in four Germans think, as an anti-Semite, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, citing a survey conducted by the world Jewish Congress. Over 40% of the population believe that Jews talk too much about the Holocaust, more than half recognize the increased risk of aggression and violence against Jews and a quarter of all Germans even believe it is possible to repeat in Germany “something like the Holocaust”.
Reuters”one in four Germans think in the spirit of anti-Semitism,” writes the Süddeutsche Zeitung. This is the conclusion reached by the authors of a survey conducted by the world Jewish Congress.
41% of the German population believes that Jews talk too much about the Holocaust. Moreover, anti-Semitic stereotypes are widespread even among graduates of higher educational institutions.
Anti-Semitism in Germany, it is widely distributed, the newspaper notes. 25% of Germans and 18% of those who consider themselves “elite” hold anti-Semitic views. These data were obtained as a result of a survey conducted by the world Jewish Congress, an organization protecting Jews in more than hundred countries. The survey was carried out over two and a half months before the attack on the synagogue in Halle. The survey involved 1,300 people.
The bulk of the population is aware of the growth of anti-Semitism in Germany, and associates it with the success of extreme right parties. This relationship catch 65% of Germans and 76% of the so-called elites, the paper reported.
According to the publication, notable results of a survey among graduates of higher educational institutions with annual earnings of at least €100 thousand, which in the study are positioned as an elite group of the population. 28% of them believe that Jews have too much power in the economy, 26% see the undue influence of Jews on world politics. Such statements relate to “a classic repertoire of anti-Semitism,” stressed the German newspaper.
Almost half of the elite group of Germans claims that the local Jews are more loyal to Israel than Germany. 12% of all respondents even attributed to Jews responsibility for most of the wars in the world. 22% said that Jews were hated for their behavior.
While anti-Semitism is gaining momentum, there is a growing willingness to fight him, notes the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Two-thirds of the German elites would have signed the petition against anti-Semitism, a third of all respondents are ready to participate in street protests against anti-Semitism. About 60% recognized that the Jews at risk of violence or verbal aggression.
The President of the world Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder commented on the results of the survey in harsh terms. In his opinion, anti-Semitism in Germany has reached a critical level. “We’ve seen what happens when ordinary people turn away or remain silent, he said. — It’s time the German society to define their position and directly deal with anti-Semitism.”
Lauder recalled that Germany made a promise to prevent the return of intolerance and hatred. If the fourth part of the society holds anti-Semitic views, for the remaining three quarters of the time has come to defend democracy and tolerant society.
In the survey a third of respondents admitted that Jews in Germany are not too good. At the same time, only 44% expressed concern about the use of force against Jews or their institutions. A quarter of respondents did not exclude the possibility of a repetition in modern Germany “something like the Holocaust.” However, a similar danger in other countries provide 38% of respondents, concludes the Süddeutsche Zeitung.