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German Jews Warned: Avoid Being Publicly Recognizable as Jews

Former head of German Jewry warns that behind the façade of humanitarian concern for civilians in Gaza, Germany has become more dangerous for Jews than at any time since 1945.
Charlotte Knobloch, former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, from 2006 interview.

Charlotte Knobloch, former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, from 2006 interview.
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In a startling report from German media, we learn that the former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Charlotte Knobloch, told Jews living in Germany to avoid being recognizable as a Jew in public in order to avoid being attacked.

Knobloch went further. She said that German Jews are increasingly threatened, and that the level of danger is the worst it has been since 1945. The excuse this time is dressed up as humanitarian concern for civilians in Gaza. But there always is some flimsy excuse which evanesces under the slightest ray of inspection.

Just one example of current German hostility to Jews was an effort by three men to set fire to a synagogue in Wuppertal-Barman overnight on July 28. The culprits used molotov cocktails (as if further reminders of World War II were necessary) in an attempt to raze the synagogue.

But Knobloch wasn’t suggesting that it was an acceptable solution for Jews to cower like mice and hope no one notices their Jewishness. She said that it was not acceptable for Jews in Germany to again be the victims of attacks and insults.

“When synagogues burn, it is time for all leaders to ask: ‘What must we do to protect Jewish citizens!’”

Knobloch also decried the intolerable Jew-baiting, incitement against Jews and calls for violence. She pointed out the particular irony of such behavior constituting an abuse of the freedoms of expression and assembly, and dressed-up as a humanitarian response to the deaths in Gaza.

This 81-year old German Jewish woman did not only criticize those who are inciting against Jews, she also demanded to know where were the other German citizens who are not responding to the anti-Semitic outrages, instead remaining silent. Again.

“The general public is silent,” Knobloch said. “Whoever is silent now affirms what is happening!”

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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82 Responses to “German Jews Warned: Avoid Being Publicly Recognizable as Jews”

  1. Kim Sloan says:

    They should carry guns and shoot their aggressors in Germany, fight back!

  2. Amen! I agree those who remain silent not only in Germany are saying it’s ok! Shame on the world!! They are using the war against terror as an excuse to hurt Jews!!!

  3. …how soon the history repeats itself.
    What are those pussy-morons expecting for their silence?

  4. Richard Bell says:

    Can’t post picture. Have photo of cousin machined gunned at three. Lost family. Father. R A F. For six weeks after war straffed nazis. Like ham ass. They held children up as shields. Did not work. **** Germany arm up.

  5. Richard Bell says:

    Can’t post picture. Have photo of cousin machined gunned at three. Lost family. Father. R A F. For six weeks after war straffed nazis. Like ham ass. They held children up as shields. Did not work. **** Germany arm up.

  6. Daisy Mayer says:

    They are stupid because many Jewish went back to Germany, and they forgot very quickly what happened.never again holocaust or massada

  7. Leave Germany, and never ever go back!

  8. Linda Gibbs says:

    We are regressing…

  9. Make a run for israel guys

  10. Judy Richka says:

    That was the death of Jews last time never again. Shame on anyone who is silent

  11. Ellen Coram says:

    sad isn’t it .

  12. Emely Silver says:

    Nothing new here.

  13. This is so scary . I feel as though the natzi’s have risen

  14. shame on the world, germany is a crime genocide too silent in madpuppet. Pupblic meraculouspower.

  15. shame on the world, germany is a crime genocide too silent in madpuppet. Pupblic meraculouspower.

  16. this just really breaks my heart

  17. We will not b silent, never again!!!

  18. I hate the survivors have to go thru this again. But know that we Christians are at you side this time.

  19. I hate the survivors have to go thru this again. But know that we Christians are at you side this time.

  20. Has it really come to this again? Wasn’t the Holocaust enough for those scumbags?

  21. David Cutler says:

    un f-in beleivable

  22. So it has come to this? What is going to be done about it? Cowards!

  23. Moshe Milich says:

    One day the ugly people of the world who side with the terrorists, will wake up to the sight of their cities in flames, and they will be afraid to walk in the streets just like Jews today, because the same savages who they love so much, in the near future will control every European Country, and will force their laws on all the Infidels. Welcome to EURABIA!

  24. Not speaking up, not showing moral clarity, not defending the good but instead defending the indefensible, is allowing haters to use Democracy in order to destroy Democracy. Never again means exactly that. Never. Am Israel Chai Forever <3

  25. Europe has sold us out again ….. Never say never again without knowing it will rear its ugly head !

  26. Never again!!!!!!

  27. Teri Carroll says:

    they should not be ashamed or afraid to be jewish…nowhere in the world….

  28. Tom Harmon says:

    ham-ass & terrorists are the new nazis shame on all good people who just stand by and watch. The road to hell is paved by those who just stand by and watch. Stop the terror!

  29. Karen Bryant says:

    I Will never be silent. The Jewish people have always been a blessing to the world. They have been instrumental in advancements in medicine, technology, and physics. They have contributed to all the arts and their philanthropic giving is beyond generous. The very Scriptures our country’s foundation was built on come from The Old Testament, which is Jewish. The Jews and Judaism have been a blessing to the United States. We need to stand with them and be a blessing to them.

  30. Yep I was told that too here by a Rabbi- don’t wear your kippas out.

  31. Yes, be careful the dog is hunting us, Jewish and Christian you are now the front lines.

  32. Has it really come to that? Not again.

  33. Judith Dowla says:

    Should Jewish women adorn the Burka instead.

  34. Dede Irish says:

    Wait Zionist control all the money! Wait they want all the land ! Wait they Zionist control the media ! Lies lies ,shadi jam hour stop going along with racism.

  35. its time to banned together annd start takeing out muzrats you no what cowards they are unless they haveinsermoutale odds there puks

  36. If the world just stands and watches this hatred to continue throughout the world; we have signed a deal that will completely allow terrorism to flourish in this world in the power of human rights; right to terrorize; right to kill; right to destroy in the name of religion? no that is ABSOLUTELY WRONG; no man has the right to terrorize his neighbour; or even kill in the name of religion; we allow that then this whole planet seems to be enlightened; but in reality descending into CHAOS; future generations will be cursed to live in terror and violence; cure this virus before its too late!!!!!!

  37. DeAnna Heard says:

    Germany You Will Fall Again! It is obvious you do not know how to run a Country without Violence Hate and Anti-semitism. Reverting Back to Hundreds of years of Progroms against The Jewish People! The Queen Should Just Take Your Country For Her Own, then there would be no worries of this nature! Oy Vey You Schmucks!

  38. DeAnna Heard says:

    Germany You Will Fall Again! It is obvious you do not know how to run a Country without Violence Hate and Anti-semitism. Reverting Back to Hundreds of years of Progroms against The Jewish People! The Queen Should Just Take Your Country For Her Own, then there would be no worries of this nature! Oy Vey You Schmucks!

  39. Islam makes progress.

  40. You know, I have “trouble walking” and use a cane with a very nice and heavy ornamental top. I am easily startled and turn around very quickly and that heavy top slides and I can barely grab the end as I turn. I hope that end never accidentally caves someone’s head in. Do German Jews have any trouble walking?

  41. Well this Jew is traveling alone w/husband around Germany, France and a few other European nations in about a month. I’d like to believe that the media is not representing the opinion of the majority of the citizens of these countries fairly. That said, racism and bigotry on ANY level cannot be ignored. I suppose I will see for myself but I will NEVER hide who and what I am. Am Yisarel Chai!

  42. Get out now. what is wrong with everyone

  43. Marcy Pollak says:

    Well they were practically all complicit in WWll. Nothing changes in those sick peoples DNA.

  44. Ali Haider says:

    Jews bloody parasites!”!

  45. Ali Haider says:

    Another Holocaust awaiting due to their evil deeds and acts.

  46. During the era when I was the North American Press Rep for the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, which for me was a great privilege because my presence in Munich and Germany gave me a chance to work out my identity problems, as I was born in Munich to Polish Jewish Holocaust survivors and rasied in the US. In Munich, there was a renaissance for the Jewish population, and in Germany in general. Synagogues were popping up all over, Jews were represented in all areas of public life and the new head of the Jewish Community, Charlotte Knoblauch declared, a short five years ago or so “Now I feel safe again, and I can unpack my bags.” Today she advises Jews living in Germany (many Russian Jews and American expats) to hide their Jewishness. So where do our European and American Jewish brother sand sisters go now? Do we see a pattern here and how or can we ever break it?

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