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German Jewish leader 'threatened' after criticising far-right AfD

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German Jewish leader 'threatened' after criticising far-right AfD
Knobloch speaks at in Munich as part of remamanbrance day for victims of National Socialism. Photo: DPA
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A Jewish community leader in Germany said Thursday she had been targeted with threats and hate mail "almost by the minute" since criticizing the far-right AfD party.

Charlotte Knobloch had Wednesday called, in a speech about Holocaust victims, the Alternative for Germany a treat to democracy, sparking a walk-out of AfD regional politicians.

A day later, Knobloch, 86, told a local newspaper that "since then, I have received coarse verbal abuse, threats and insults by email and telephone
almost by the minute".

"The danger the party and its supporters spell for our liberal democracy has become more than clear and this shows more than ever that the democrats in our country must stand united against them," she told the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper.

Knobloch, a former leader of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, now heads the community in the Bavarian city of Munich.

She added that she "had expected the AfD to use the Bavarian state parliament for self-promotion -- I just hadn't expected a row of such proportions".

The five-year-old AfD, the country's biggest opposition party, opposes multiculturalism, Islam and the immigration policies of Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom it labels a "traitor".

One of its most radical figures, Björn Höcke, has sparked outrage with statements on Germany's Nazi past, calling Berlin's Holocaust monument a "memorial of shame" and urging a "180-degree shift" in the country's culture of remembrance.

SEE ALSO: Jewish leader attacks AfD over Holocaust remembrance


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