Jews in Germany still live in insecurity.
The chairwoman of the Liberal Jewish Community of Hanover, Rebecca Seidler, pointed this out. We don’t sit on packed suitcases, but there are moments when we keep making sure where these suitcases are, said Seidler on Deutschlandfunk.
The festival year “1,700 years of Jewish life in Germany” should therefore above all give positive insights into Jewish life in order to counter anti-Semitism and prejudice.
Seidler praised the work of the Federal Government’s Anti-Semitism Commissioner, Klein. This will trigger a continuous dispute. Ultimately, however, society as a whole is called upon to oppose anti-Semitism, racism and other forms of xenophobia on a daily basis. –
The anniversary year will begin with a recorded address by Federal President Steinmeier in the afternoon in the Cologne synagogue. It is reminiscent of an event from the year 321. At that time, the Roman Emperor Constantine issued an edict that allowed Jews to take over municipal offices in Cologne.
The certificate is considered to be the oldest evidence of the existence of Jewish life in Germany.
This message was broadcast on February 21st, 2021 on Deutschlandfunk.