Worldwide Anti-Semitism: 1930s Germany Revisited

14 May 2024

6.5 MINS

The ugly anti-Semitism we are now witnessing is utterly appalling.

Some of the most shocking and demonic anti-Semitism we have seen perhaps since nearly a century ago is now on full display throughout much of the world. Certainly, our college campuses in the West have become hotbeds for Israel-hatred and pro-terrorism ideology. The protestors are screaming for intifada, for the elimination of Israel, for Jewish students to leave, and so on. Just a few days ago, I wrote about this worrying development.

Of course, it is not just at Western universities we see this happening. It is everywhere – even at a song contest! Right now, an Israeli singer is being booed on stage as she performs, and her hotel is surrounded by hateful mobs. And this is happening in Sweden. Just the other night, I saw a documentary on Eurovision, Sweden and ABBA, and it was remarked how tolerant the Swedes are! Yeah, right. One news item says this:

Thousands of people have protested ahead of the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest in the Swedish city of Malmo. Despite attempts by organisers of this year’s contest to keep politics off the stage, Israel’s entrant was also booed. Protesters waving Palestinian flags packed the historic Stortorget square near Malmo’s 16th-century town hall before a planned march through the city. Police estimated that between 10,000 and 12,000 people took part. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was among them.

The picture above shows it all. One writer put it this way:

This is currently the situation outside of Eden Golan’s hotel room. Because of her nationality, hundreds of people who hate her are screaming outside of her room. What happens if she goes outside? You hurt her so she quits? You kill her so she can’t perform? If you are this angry about Eurovision having an Israeli perform, then boycott the show. Gathering in the hundreds to scream at a singular woman whose main crime is her ethnicity is not acceptable.

Jewish students being hounded off college campuses; Jewish singers and businesses being targeted; ugly anti-Jewish protests everywhere. We just need the yellow stars of David being forced on Jews, another Kristallnacht or two, and we are exactly where things were 90 years ago. These are diabolically dark days that we live in.

Oh, and “Bambie Thug,” the Eurovision 2024 entrant from Ireland does an overtly satanic performance and is praised and adored by the crowds. Both are now in the finals. All this is not just about music – this is spiritual war. I have added Eden to my daily prayer list – not so that she might win a song contest, but so that she will be protected from the baying crowds of haters who are targeting her.

Getting back to the ugly Jew-hatred at college campuses, a number of Jewish students have put together a letter discussing their experiences at Columbia University in New York. Here is part of their open letter:

Many of us sit next to you in class. We are your lab partners, your study buddies, your peers, and your friends. We partake in the same student government, clubs, Greek life, volunteer organizations, and sports teams as you.

Most of us did not choose to be political activists. We do not bang on drums and chant catchy slogans. We are average students, just trying to make it through finals much like the rest of you. Those who demonize us under the cloak of anti-Zionism forced us into our activism and forced us to publicly defend our Jewish identities.

We proudly believe in the Jewish People’s right to self-determination in our historic homeland as a fundamental tenet of our Jewish identity. Contrary to what many have tried to sell you – no, Judaism cannot be separated from Israel. Zionism is, simply put, the manifestation of that belief.

Our religious texts are replete with references to Israel, Zion, and Jerusalem. The land of Israel is filled with archaeological remnants of a Jewish presence spanning centuries. Yet, despite generations of living in exile and diaspora across the globe, the Jewish People never ceased dreaming of returning to our homeland — Judea, the very place from which we derive our name, “Jews.” Indeed just a couple of days ago, we all closed our Passover seders with the proclamation, “Next Year in Jerusalem!”

Many of us are not religiously observant, yet Zionism remains a pillar of our Jewish identities. We have been kicked out of Russia, Libya, Ethiopia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Poland, Egypt, Algeria, Germany, Iran, and the list goes on. We connect to Israel not only as our ancestral homeland but as the only place in the modern world where Jews can safely take ownership of their own destiny. Our experiences at Columbia in the last six months are a poignant reminder of just that.

We were raised on stories from our grandparents of concentration camps, gas chambers, and ethnic cleansing. The essence of Hitler’s antisemitism was the very fact that we were “not European” enough, that as Jews we were threats to the “superior” Aryan race. This ideology ultimately left six million of our own in ashes.

The evil irony of today’s antisemitism is a twisted reversal of our Holocaust legacy; protestors on campus have dehumanized us, imposing upon us the characterization of the “white colonizer.” We have been told that we are “the oppressors of all brown people” and that “the Holocaust wasn’t special.” Students at Columbia have chanted “we don’t want no Zionists here,” alongside “death to the Zionist State” and to “go back to Poland,” where our relatives lie in mass graves.

This sick distortion illuminates the nature of antisemitism: In every generation, the Jewish People are blamed and scapegoated as responsible for the societal evil of the time. In Iran and in the Arab world, we were ethnically cleansed for our presumed ties to the “Zionist entity.” In Russia, we endured state-sponsored violence and were ultimately massacred for being capitalists. In Europe, we were the victims of genocide because we were communists and not European enough.

And today, we face the accusation of being too European, painted as society’s worst evils – colonizers and oppressors. We are targeted for our belief that Israel, our ancestral and religious homeland, has a right to exist. We are targeted by those who misuse the word Zionist as a sanitized slur for Jew, synonymous with racist, oppressive, or genocidal. We know all too well that antisemitism is shapeshifting.

We are proud of Israel. The only democracy in the Middle East, Israel is home to millions of Mizrachi Jews (Jews of Middle Eastern descent), Ashkenazi Jews (Jews of Central and Eastern European descent), and Ethiopian Jews, as well as millions of Arab Israelis, over one million Muslims, and hundreds of thousands of Christians and Druze. Israel is nothing short of a miracle for the Jewish People and for the Middle East more broadly.

Our love for Israel does not necessitate blind political conformity. It’s quite the opposite. For many of us, it is our deep love for and commitment to Israel that pushes us to object when its government acts in ways we find problematic. Israeli political disagreement is an inherently Zionist activity; look no further than the protests against Netanyahu’s judicial reforms – from New York to Tel Aviv – to understand what it means to fight for the Israel we imagine. All it takes are a couple of coffee chats with us to realize that our visions for Israel differ dramatically from one another. Yet we all come from a place of love and an aspiration for a better future for Israelis and Palestinians alike.

Of course, Australia has not been exempt from all this. It has gotten so bad that the former Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has just released a new documentary, “Never Again: The Fight Against Antisemitism”. As one news report states:

Presented by Josh Frydenberg, the one-hour documentary examines the alarming rise of antisemitism in Australia and its impact on our country and our democracy. For the former Treasurer of Australia, this issue goes beyond politics. It is about the kind of country Australia should be.

Following the devastating attack on Israel by Hamas terrorists on October 7 last year, the documentary examines the rise in hostility towards Jewish people taking place around the world at levels not seen since the Holocaust. From the steps of the Sydney Opera House to the heartland of Melbourne’s Jewish community in Caulfield, the escalation of antisemitism has been widespread and violent.

The incitement has not only been seen through violent demonstrations but in the desecration of national monuments, interruption of major events, the boycott of Jewish-owned businesses, doxing of Jewish artists and harassment of community members.

Through a reflective and, at times, emotional lens, Josh speaks on the rising tide of antisemitism with prominent Australians, among them Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Opposition Leader Peter Dutton, former prime ministers John Howard and Julia Gillard, Olympic champion and former senator Nova Peris, former governor-general Peter Cosgrove, award-winning Australian music artist Deborah Conway and survivors of the Holocaust.

Josh Frydenberg said: “Since the attack on October 7 antisemitism in Australia has reached an unprecedented and dangerous level. Red lines have been crossed and a green light given to what clearly is unacceptable conduct. This is a time our leaders need to show courage and moral clarity, taking stronger and more decisive action to call out and stamp out antisemitism in Australia.” Never Again: The Fight Against Antisemitism takes a close look at the radicalisation on our streets and how antisemitism has been allowed to take hold, and, critically what needs to be done to stop it.

Never Again: The Fight Against Antisemitism Premieres Tuesday 28 May at 7.00pm AEST Stream at or download the Sky News Australia app. Also available to watch on Foxtel and Sky News Regional.

These are incredibly frightening times that we live in. We were NOT supposed to forget, but clearly, we have. We are seeing history repeat itself right before our very eyes. The question is, who will speak out and take a stand? Or will we remain silent as did most Germans – including most German Christians – last century?


Republished with thanks to CultureWatch.

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  1. Warwick Marsh 14 May 2024 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Great article Bill!!!!

  2. Gail Petherick 14 May 2024 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the incredibly powerful article Bill. It has captured the whole tidal wave of Anti Semitism. Such a terrible shame covers each country and our nation, all who attend events and protest or denigrate Jewish people are shameful. It’s so very cruel and uncalled for. The satanic roots can’t be hidden anymore- these acts are more than human hatred and violence; they are fueled by the enemy of souls.
    May God call many to stand with His chosen people whom he loves, and many make Aliyah when called too, May God protect all Jewish people in Australia and draw them close as we pray for them, love them and help support them through such an incredible time of trial.

  3. Teri Kempe 14 May 2024 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for this article. Looking forward to seeing the documentary. The personal witness is so powerful.

  4. Trina Watson 14 May 2024 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    It’s heartbreaking to witness what’s happening in Australia in these times! When we remember that Australia was critical in the formation of the State of Israel through the charge of the Australian Light Horse, overcoming the Turks, and releasing that land, allowing it to eventually being granted back to its original inhabitants, the Jewish people! I feel blessed that my great grandfather was part of that charge and feel that Israel is part of my DNA!! God bless Israel!

  5. Heidi Wong 14 May 2024 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    I knew that we had forgotten in 2021.
    We forgot the fear mongering, rhetoric, propaganda, division and mass hysteria that the Nazis employed to produce mass psychosis and attempt to achieve their aims.
    We forgot what our ANZAC service men and women went through to ensure freedoms, basic human rights, dignity and democracy in our southern land.
    I knew in 2021 that the world was being groomed and prepped for an onslaught of hate towards history’s traditional scapegoat.

    If anyone is just now waking up to the horror story unfolding in front of us….

    Welcome to the war.

    Thank you Bill.

    • Gail Petherick 15 May 2024 at 11:45 am - Reply

      That is so true Heidi…the world platform has seen a shift in loyalties and law and order and sound thinking have slipped away during the COVD years. The centralized role of the Govt (taking over from doctors during the pandemic) and the prominent role of media paved the way for a change in our society.
      Instead of carefully thought out plans for good of all and democratic decisions, the role of so called ‘medical authorities’ became the driving force (like World health/WHO). Our Govt like so many others quickly brought in mandates for the vaccine through fear, quarantine laws, a new role for m police to back up ‘medical’ decisions and limited to travel and social interaction. There were articles later on the effect of mass fear and hysteria and how this gave a prime opportunities to take over the thinking of ordinary citizens and to introduce harsh controls, surveillance and feedback on any unruly thinking.
      The next phase should have been a road to recovery for Australia and re establishment of freedom, an examination of how the Pandemic was handled and evaluations should have been made but the Inquiry for a Royal commission into COVID didn’t get far and we had a change of Federal Govt. By the time the Gaza war flared up Oct. 2023 with the Hamas attack on innocent Jewish people our population was easy to manipulate. First there was compassion and horror as a reaction to the Hamas. Then suddenly on our Uni campuses and streets, there arose lawlessness, hate, anti Semitism. The pro Palestinian role of the media played a major role in showing only the injured Gaza people but ignored the stories of the Hamas still raping the women hostages. Instead we saw a rise of hatred as a tidal wave which seemed to be connected to the earlier COVID divisiveness, mass hysteria and irrational behavior..
      Tragically, (as you said Heidi)the ANZAC traditions of loyalty and honoring of Israel were trampled underfoot protestors have caused havoc and now taken up ‘camping in’.
      The legal system has seemingly collapsed under the weight of this outrageous behavior and forgotten how to enforce law and order.
      The ‘grooming’ during COVID years has paid off. The centralized powers of the Govt have grown tighter and the Prime Ministers role and Minister of Foreign Affairs role has done a 180 degree change in direction to anti Israel. Seemingly falling into the abyss of Anti Semitism after hovering on the fence for so long (only proving fence sitting is a dangerous occupation) but also its a treacherous act of behalf of Australians who don’t agree with the latest United nations vote for a two state solution. (That would nullify all the Light horsemen ever fought for and died for)
      May many more wake up, speak up, pray and act and may Australia try to regain the wisdom of our forefathers again, and love our Jewish brethren who came her for safety and to start a new life.
      We don’t want to replicate Germany’s irrational Anti Semitisim in 1939 in our country, yet we are seeing so much of it.
      Enough is enough. May God help us turn it round and stem the tide.

  6. Bill Muehlenberg 15 May 2024 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Many thanks everyone.

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