antisemitism, Holocaust, Quality of Jewish Life

Poll: More Than a Quarter of Germans are Antisemites

Germany 1938

According to a survey conducted by the World Jewish Congress (WJC) some two months ago, just before the Yom Kippur attack on a synagogue in Halle, more than a quarter of the German participants agreed with antisemitic tropes about Jewish people. The exact numbers are 351 out of 1,300 Germans that agreed with the antisemitic statements and stereotypes presented to them, which means that 27% of Germans are antisemites.

Some of us wonder if that’s not a low estimate. Others wonder why there are any Jews in Germany, at all. What causes them to want to remain there, in a place where they are not only not appreciated, but hated and reviled?