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Remembering Kristallnacht in Brussels

Jewish and European leaders at a Kristallnacht commemoration in Brussels called for new efforts to combat anti-Semitism and intolerance.

Moshe Kantor, the Russian-born head of the European Jewish Congress, told the 500 guests assembled that few people heeded the warning signs in 1938, but the new warnings — especially threats by Iran — must not be ignored.

Those who fail to respond today are playing into the hands of the Hitlers of tomorrow, said Kantor, who is sponsoring a “week of tolerance” this week. Events include meetings at the European Parliament followed by a rabbinical gathering in Prague.

Kantor said the goal is to unite American, European and Russian leaders in forging new approaches to fighting xenophobia and anti-Semitism.

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