Although Swedish organizers cited ‘security concerns,’ Jews from the 300-strong community believe the Kristallnacht commemoration was ‘hijacked’ – to focus on the Muslim population and not on the Jewish Holocaust.
By Itamar Eichner
Members of the Jewish community in a city in northern Sweden were outraged to learn they were not invited to a ceremony commemorating Kristallnacht on Monday over “security concerns.”
A smashed store-front in Berlin following Kristallnacht in 1938 – Photo: Gettyimages
Kristallnacht, the “Night of the Broken Glass,” was a large-scale pogrom in 1938 against Austrian and German Jews, which many historians consider the opening shot in the Nazi-led campaign to exterminate the Jews of Europe. Continue Reading »
Outlawed in France as anti-Semitic, and reported in the Spanish press as a violent organization’ after Matisyahu’s concert ban & then reinvitation, the BDS city-sponsored lecture will take place on the eve of the Nazis’ ‘Kristallnacht’, in Munich, of all places.
By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
“We are in touch with the municipality of Munich in order to prevent this event from happening,” the head of Israel’s consulate, Dan Shaham, wrote to ‘The Jerusalem Post’ on Friday.
Demonstrators take part in a pro-Israel rally in Munich. – Photo: REUTERS
BERLIN – Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter on Friday refused a request from Israel’s top diplomat in the city to pull the plug on an allegedly anti-Semitic event advocating a boycott of the Jewish state in a municipal building. Continue Reading »
Pope Francis, Merkel, Obama & thousands of ordinary Germans among those commemorating the 75th anniversary of the 1938 pogrom.
Pope Francis commemorated Kristallnacht at a mass in front of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, describing the Jewish people as the “big brothers” of his Roman Catholic flock.
Pope Francis delivers his blessing during the Angelus noon prayer he celebrated from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 – Photo AP
Riots organized by German authorities on November 9-10, 1938 killed 91 Jews and destroyed 267 synagogues. Continue Reading »