Title: The Fight Against Antisemitism in Germany
In this UWC Unlocked Talk, Dr Felix Klein (UWC Adriatic 1985-1987) will be sharing his experiences as Federal Government Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany and the Fight against Antisemitism.
Like so many other Jewish people, UWC founder Kurt Hahn had to flee Germany to escape Nazi persecution and extermination. Even if Germany did not invent antisemitism, it did invent Auschwitz.
Antisemitism today comes from right-wing extremists, from left-wing extremists – often under the guise of solidarity with the Palestinian people – and from Islamists. What we now see most frequently in Germany, however, is Israel-related antisemitism. Unfortunately, conspiracy myths are also a very current topic.
Structures have been established to fight antisemitism effectively in Germany, such as offices where antisemitic attacks can be reported, as well as institutionalized forms of cooperation between the federal and state governments. But it is also important for civil society to take action, as antisemitic offenders often greet silence as consent. When civil society stands up to antisemitism - that is what stops it from finding new fertile ground.
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UWC Unlocked Talks are informal online video conferences offered by UWCers for UWCers, exploring a range of topics to help stimulate our minds, fuel connection and spark new ideas. Whether on world politics or yoga, on climate change or cooking classes, this is an opportunity for all - from current students to longtime graduates, from UWC staff to parents - to continue those ‘common room’ chats that make the UWC experience so special and so important -- this time online.
Please note that the event will be recorded and shared on the UWC Hub (https://uwchub.org/).