Skip to content

Anti-Semitisim Is Alive And Well In Europe

December 6, 2022

As we approach Hanukah, I felt this re-post was appropriate: 

Anti-Semitism: hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group.

Anti-Semitism is alive and well in Europe, thanks in no small part to the “anything goes” climate fostered by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron. That may seem like a bold statement but it is very true, especially when you see it up close as a European Union resident like me.

We have lived in Italy since 2002 and we have watched the slow return of anti-Semitism to the whole continent. It started off slowly as it often does. First the EU economy faltered in 2009 and then came the blame game; it seems it’s always the Jews who are at fault. It is subtle here to the untrained eye but when you look under the hood of a Mercedes, it becomes as clear as a motorized blitzkrieg. In the meantime, Europe’s leaders have done little to nothing to stop the momentum of anti-Semitism.

I have a personal stake in all of this. My wife is Jewish. Over ninety percent of her family perished at Auschwitz. I told her long ago not to brandish her Star of David hereabouts in Europe. It’s good advice. Many times we have spoken to new acquaintances and they have made disparaging statements about Jews only for me to remind them that I am proudly married to one. Yikes! What a world!

The effect of the EU’s super tolerance for all things against Jews has been widespread to say the least. Again, it’s often hidden but always present. There are no anti Jewish marches in Berlin because the government there wants to appear egalitarian. The truth is, when you get into the outback a bit, the true metal of a German controlled Europe comes to the fore. Everywhere, there is an increasing anti-Semitism that cannot be denied. And at the heart of the matter there is always the echoes of Hitler morphed into the actions of governments that would praise Muslim illegal immigrants and their intolerance for Jews while quietly blaming Jews for its problems, both financial and social.

Many years ago, I read an article in the local Adige newspaper. It condemned the use of “Heil Hitler” ringtones at a rock concert in Kaltern, Italy. That seemed admirable but a side bar described in detail where readers could download the same ringtone. This weird political juxtaposition passes for the norm in the Alto Adige of Italy, the south of France, Germany and Europe as a whole. Things like the following newspaper clipping are found here frequently.

Yet another newspaper article actually reported on anti-Semitism at the Dachau Concentration Camp memorial with some compelling photos. (Genau -Schock-Fotos!) I realize that some of my readers don’t read German but trust me, it ain’t pretty!

Frau Merkel has filled the European Union with undocumented Muslim economic migrants while at the same time fostering a festering anti-Semitism not seen since the late 1930’s. Why? Ya gotta have someone to blame and be the fall guy. That’s the first rule of European racism. Set against this backdrop, I personally witnessed a junior high school student at Dachau ask his classmate during a field trip, “Is this where they cooked all the Jews?” He could barely control his evil smile. However, in the end students are only products of their schools which in turn are products of their governments. It’s not pleasant but it’s fact.

There has been a great uptick in anti-Jewish sentiment in Europe in the last 10 years. It is specifically linked to the financial crisis there and the frustration of the general public whose governments have left people searching for someone to blame. The result? Burnt synagogues, physical and verbal attacks on Jews and that uncomfortable feeling that 1930’s Europe is swiftly returning. Governments haven’t missed a beat and continue to stoke the flames of anti-Semitism on a daily basis by standing by with their hands in their pockets. Where will all of this finish?

It’s not just the governments but individual citizens as well. Terms like “the Zionist rationale” and “the Jew problem” are used daily on European streets to deflect faltering economies, high taxes and individual frustrations. The scary part is that the resentment of Jews is not in the voices of the elderly who lived through World War Two’s horrors; it is increasingly in the day to day comportment of European youth.

To those of you who may doubt these observations, I would recommend spending 3 to 6 months living in any European city, specifically in Germany, France or Italy. There’s nothing like a big dose of reality to wake-up any doubters.

Please follow this blog by clicking  follow below. Your comments are always welcome.

Read author Allen E. Rizzi’s latest books available at

Read author Allen E Rizzi 3

  1. I don’t know how long ago this was written but it’s also true in the US too.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Thank you for this post! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Thanks for sharing this. I can see the much subtle and not-so-subtle discrimination here in the UK too, where there is a large % of Muslim population. I once was sent a vile message by some anonim person on a selling platform , just because I was listing some article which referred to Jewish heritage. When I reported it, nothing was done really, and I was suggested to kind of not list these things. Crazy. I’m not Jew but I can see the issue. I’ll read the articles that you kindly shared.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. The hatred has increased over 100% on Twitter since Musk bought it.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Nelson Rizzi permalink

    Excellent article, dear Allen.
    But unfortunately very true.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. That’s very disturbing. Hatred of groups of people is always a bad sign. This world need people to be moving forward together, or we shall certainly all perish.

    Liked by 1 person

Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. Anti-Semitisim Is Alive And Well In Europe - Abel Prasad | Adelaide | South Australia
  2. Anti-Semitisim Is Alive And Well In Europe — allenrizzi – Conflict Resolution

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: