Menu JTA Search

Poll Shows German Jews Are Fearful

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.

NEXT STORY