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The Research and Information Center for Antisemitism (Rias) recorded a total of 712 anti-Semitic incidents in Saxony between 2014 and 2019. At 55 percent, more than half of these incidents occurred in the three major cities of Dresden, Leipzig and Chemnitz, as the research center reported on Tuesday. Almost a third of anti-Semitic incidents occurred in small towns and in rural areas.
A "considerable dark field" of unknown anti-Semitic incidents must be assumed, said Rias managing director Benjamin Steinitz. In many cases, the report is not reported because those affected did not feel they were being taken seriously or because they had little chance of success.
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The research center compiled data from police statistics and from civil society organizations. Such problem reports have already been published for other federal states, such as North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony-Anhalt and Baden-Württemberg. According to
Steinitz, there is a uniform basic pattern everywhere. "Anti-Semitism permeates everyday life in Jewish communities." In addition, there are avoidance strategies, for example in that Jews do not identify themselves as such.
In addition to Berlin, there is no other city with Dresden in which there have been racist and anti-Semitic remarks at gatherings as well as a trivialization and denial of the Holocaust for years. Steinitz mentioned above all the right-wing extremist marches on the anniversary of the bombing of Dresden in World War II and the Pegida demonstrations.
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The chairwoman of the Saxony State Association of Jewish Communities, Nora Goldenbogen, said in the video conference that many Jews in the Free State were feeling an increase in anti-Semitism. It is not just about violent attacks, "but what happens in everyday life".
The research center recorded a total of 16 anti-Semitic attacks, 43 threats, 68 damage to property, six cases of mass writing and 579 cases of harmful behavior in Saxony during the period under investigation. The latter also includes 48 meetings at which anti-Semitic content was disseminated in speeches, on signs or on flyers. No incident of extreme violence was recorded.
One example is the Chemnitz restaurant "Schalom", which received more than a thousand anti-Semitic calls during the period mentioned. The restaurant was also attacked by suspected right-wing extremists in 2018 and the owner was injured by throwing a stone. The investigations are still ongoing.
The representative of the Saxon state government for Jewish life, Thomas Feist (CDU), announced that, as agreed in the coalition agreement between the CDU, the Greens and the SPD, there will be a reporting and advice center for anti-Semitic incidents. He is optimistic that the job will begin this year. There are already such reporting offices in other federal states.
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