A substantial number of Jews in Germany feel threatened by rising racism and anti-Semitism, according to a recent public opinion survey.
About half believe right-wing extremism poses a serious threat to German democracy, a view shared by only 10 percent of non-Jewish Germans. And some 75 percent said they believe the German government is ineffective in combatting neo-Nazism.
The survey covered a broad sampling of Germany’s 40,000 Jews, according to Cologne University sociologists Alphons Silberman and Herbert Sallen.
Many Jews said their fears over the surge in anti-foreigner violence and anti- Semitism all over Germany stemmed from what had happened to friends and relatives rather than personal experience.