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The Upsurge of Antisemitism and The Future of Jewish Life in Europe

The Upsurge of Antisemitism and The Future of Jewish Life in Europe

Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 7:00 pm

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Antisemitism in many European countries is on the rise. Despite condemnations by top leaders, there has been little political action taken in response. The situation is fueling concern within Jewish communities, particularly amongst young people, about their future in Europe. Deidre Berger, Director of AJC Berlin’s Ramer Institute, discussed the challenges, concerns, and future options for Jews living in Europe today.

Deidre BergerDeidre Berger is the Director of the AJC Berlin / Ramer Institute for German-Jewish Relations and a frequent lecturer on European security affairs, German-Jewish relations, and issues of extremism. Prior to joining AJC, Ms. Berger worked as a foreign correspondent. She reported on European affairs for NPR, Deutsche Welle (the German international radio and television service), the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and the Christian Science Monitor.

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A member of the French Jewish community holds a sign saying "I am Jewish from France" during a rally in Jerusalem on January 11, 2015, to demonstrate support for France and the Jewish community. Four of the fatalities in France's three-day wave of violence were Jews killed in an a kosher supermarket. (Photo by GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)

Recommended Reading

With antisemitism in Europe an increasing presence in the press, we thought it might be helpful to share some analyses of the many perspectives. Here are some articles we recommend.

Is Germany Safe for Jews? 
In a recent post for The Times of Israel, Deidre Berger wrote about security for Jews in Germany and all of Europe.

In the past three years barbaric anti-Semitic attacks have taken place in Europe — in Toulouse, Burgas, Brussels, Paris, and now Copenhagen. Is it just a matter of time before there is an attack in a German city. MORE>


5 European Jews on the Wave of Anti-Semitic Attacks, and What It Means for Their Future
Christopher Looft for New York Magazine

Anti-Semitism appears to be rearing its head across Europe yet again. MORE>


The Continuing Decline
Of Europe's Jewish Population 
Michael Lipka for the 
Pew Research Center

It's been seven decades since the end of the Holocaust, an event that decimated the Jewish population of Europe. And now, concerns of renewed antisemitism have prompted leaders Jewish leaders to talk of a new "exodus" from the region. MORE>


This program was part of the Solomon Goldman Lecture Series, generously endowed by Rose and the late Sidney Shure.

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Antisemitic graffiti in Klaipeda, Lithuania. Translates as "Jews Out" and "Hate." Photo by Beny Shlevich.