Jewish Life and the Fight Against anti-Semitism
Jewish life and the fight against anti-Semitism
Anti-Semitism is not a ghost of the past. For some years now, attacks on Jews, assaults on synagogues and Jewish cemeteries, the burning of Israeli flags as well as anti-Semitic abuse, incitement and threats on social networks have been noticeably on the rise again. But it's not just the numbers that are rising. The attacks of Halle in 2019, the antisemitic incidents at demonstrations against Israel in 2021 and, above all, the shocking antisemitic reactions in Germany to the terrorist atrocities committed by Hamas in Israel on the 7th of October 2023 make it clear that the backgrounds and contexts of anti-Jewish attitudes and antisemitic violence are also increasing and becoming more complex.
News Forms of Anti-Semitism
Anti-Semitism was never just a phenomenon of the radical right. The rejection of Jewishness is also finding increasing support among left-wing extremists, conspiracy thinkers, Islamists, parts of the migrant milieu and also sadly in the centre of society. This rejection manifests itself in hatred, agitation and violence. But it also manifests itself in subtle and indirect forms of rejection and hostility. And it manifests itself particularly in times of crisis, such as during pandemics or wars, as it did in previous centuries, in the search for a “scapegoat”.
Solidarity with Jews
Jewish life has existed on the territory of present-day Germany for more than 1700 years. Jewish life enriches German society beyond synagogues and Jewish institutions. It is a disgrace that Jews in Germany today, almost 80 years after the Holocaust, still cannot lead a safe and free life. The fight against anti-Semitism and clear solidarity with Jews is therefore a mission for society as a whole, and applies to each and everyone of us. Anti-Semitism is not an opinion, but – echoing the words of Konrad Adenauer – an attack on humanity.
Against Hostility Towards Jews and for Jewish Life in Germany
For Konrad Adenauer, who already promoted Jewish life in his city as Lord Mayor of Cologne, reconciliation with Israel and solidarity with Jews was an affair of the heart. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung sees this as a reminder, a mission and an incentive to continue the fight against anti-Semitism and stand up for Jewish life in Germany. Through educational measures, background analyses, encounters and debates, we want to inform, raise awareness, enlighten, wake up, show solidarity and encourage reflection. This topic page will present you with a selection of current texts, reports and other media formats about our work on the theme of anti-Semitism and Jewish life in Germany.
As part of our political education work, we have produced two video series on Jewish life and everyday life in Germany.
Aftertaste – Jewish Everyday Life in Germany
„Aftertaste – Jewish Everyday Life in Germany“, Trailer
(only in German)
What does everyday life for Jews in Germany really look like today? On the occasion of the anniversary “1700 years of Jewish life in Germany”, we have issued the video series “Aftertaste – Jewish everyday life in Germany”. Britta Herres, who is on her voluntary social year, embarks on a journey through the republic to talk to different people of Jewish origin.
Britta’s Hanukkah Week
Britta’s Hanukkah Week
(only in German)
We sent Britta Herres, who is on a voluntary social year with us, on a little journey. Together with Leni, a young woman who has decided to become a rabbi, she explores Berlin. What motivated Leni to take up rabbinical studies? What is it like to celebrate holidays in Berlin? And where does the origin of the Hanukkah festival actually lie? More on this can be found in our video series “Britta’s Hanukkah Week”.
All about the official day of remembrance for victims of National Socialism, 27 January, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Political Education Forums offer a variety of different events on the topic within the framework of the DenkTag event series.
DenkTag and denkt@g Competition
For many years, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung has used the official day of remembrance as an occasion for nationwide projects and events. As part of the DenkTag event series, talks with contemporary witnesses, lecture events, readings and exhibitions will be held on all matters relating to 27 January in numerous federal states.
Every two years, the nationwide internet youth competition “denkt@g” also takes place under the patronage of the former President of the Germany Bundestag Dr Norbert Lammert.
In the menu below we present you with selected projects that deal with the fight against anti-Semitism or Jewish life in Germany.
Virtual Walk to Places of Jewish Life in Berlin
Today, Jewish life has once again become an integral part of Berlin. Experience the eventful history of Jewish life in Berlin on our virtual city tour. We take you on a journey that will show you impressive 360-degree images of important places, historic pictures and illustrations of Jewish places of activity in Berlin, as well as information on important personalities, such as Moses Mendelsohn. You can listen to audio explanations during the virtual city tour that put what you see into context.