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Jewish council lauds 'renaissance' in Germany

DDP/The Local · 3 Feb 2010, 09:27

Published: 03 Feb 2010 09:27 GMT+01:00

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“I am very happy that we can now experience the renaissance that we’ve been talking about for so many years,” council President Charlotte Knobloch told daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.

Since the end of the Second World War 107 Jewish congregations have developed with a total of 106,000 members, the paper reported.

“Twenty years ago we referred to 30,000 as a lot,” the 77-year-old said ahead opening a new synagogue and community centre in Osnabrück on Wednesday.

Jews in Germany no longer sit on what Knobloch called “packed suitcases.” Instead they have become a part of German society and want to participate in its future, she said.

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Knobloch also called for stronger action against racism and anti-Semitism in Germany, saying she was concerned by the high incidence of anti-Semitic attacks in parts of the country.

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

11:52 February 3, 2010 by kimberlyfr
Will this make it easier to find bagels here?
12:25 February 3, 2010 by moreanon
Most of the births of this renaissance occurred in Russia and Israel: that's where the immigrants come from.
21:32 February 3, 2010 by wxman
Just in time for the second Holocaust when the Muslims are the majority.
00:32 February 4, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, I want to first say, to be moral is to wish everyone well. And as someone who has the character to co-exsit with various types of people, I do however know that according to history, serious problems arise when several different groups desire a limited amout of land. And I'm sure that I'm not the only that knows this to be true.

I find it very interesting, that Jewish people would want to re-establish themselves in Germany. Most German people are non-violent and tolerant. But like other all other countries, some are not. There is no perfect nation. However, I honestly believe that anti-semitism in Europe altogether, is an existential problem.
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