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A Growing Monster

December 29, 2019

Antisemitic graffiti in Lithuania, Author Beny Shlevich, Source flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0 Generic)

  • A Europe-wide CNN poll in November 2018 found a rise in antisemitism and a decline in Holocaust memory [1].
  • Antisemitic incidents in Germany rose by almost 10% in 2018, to a 10 year high [2][3].
  • In December 2018, a Greek Holocaust Memorial was desecrated for the fourth time [4].
  • In January 2019 a synagogue was vandalized in the Bulgarian capitol Sofia [5].
  • In June 2019 planned construction on the site of mass graves dating to the Holocaust came to light in the Ukraine [6].
  • By July 2019 antisemitism in the United Kingdom had spiked [7].  A video showing West Ham soccer fans singing an anti-Semitic fight song about rival club Tottenham Hotspur (which has a largely Jewish fan base) was posted to Twitter.

There is a monster growing in Europe.  Antisemitism has increased substantially since the 2015 immigration crisis [8].  France reported a 74% increase in violence against Jews.

“An alarming pattern of anti-Semitism is spreading across Europe, from France to Germany to Sweden and elsewhere on the continent… Antisemitism is not, and cannot, remain just a Jewish problem.  This is an issue that affects all Europeans, and Western society as a whole.”

–Ronald Lauder, Pres. of World Jewish Congress

[1]  CNN, “A Shadow over Europe” by Richard Allen Greene, 11/27/18,

[2]  France 24, “Anti-Semitic attacks rose sharply in Germany in 2018, report says”, 2/13,19,

[3]  New York Times, “The New German Anti-Semitism” James Angelos, 5/21/19,

[4]  Times of Israel, “Greek Holocaust memorial vandalized for 4th time this year”, 12/17/18,

[5]  The Jerusalem Post, “Synagogue in Bulgarian Capitol of Sofia Vandalized by Stone-Throwing Incident” by Zachary Keyser, 1/22/19,

[6]  Israel National News (Arutz Sheva 7), “Ukraine plans construction atop Holocaust-era mass graves” by Cnaan Lipshiz, 6/18/19,

[7]  CNN, “New report shows spike in British anti-Semitism” by Ivana Kottasova, 8/1/19,

[8]  The Guardian, “Antisemitism rising sharply across Europe, figures show” by Jon Henley, 2/15/19,

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!


  1. It’s a monster for sure, Anna – his name is Satan!

  2. Happy New Year, Anna! 🙂

  3. Genesis 12:3

    • I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Gen. 12:3). I believe that, Mary. God stands by His word.

  4. It’s scary for sure. It’s disturbing how many people don’t know about the Holocaust.

  5. Is this an(other) example of groupthink, or hoardthink mentality? “When the weakest/humblest is down, we’ll all kick it some more!” There are many younger children, who know not of what WWII involved. If a Curriculum/Pedagogy isn’t adapted to include these horrors, humanity may be stuck on a spin-cycle (& repeat).

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