June 28, 2016
Europe today: massive Mideast migrant
and refugee inflows, economic stagnation, and political
polarization—all unprecedented in their
seriousness since World War II. What are the
implications of these interrelated crises for Europe’s
In late 2013, the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), a
research branch of the European Union (EU), published the
findings of a wide-scope survey on reactions and perceptions
among European Jews regarding anti-Semitism. The finding: a
loss of faith by Europe's Jews that European countries can
provide them a safe, secure future. Since then, things have
grown worse, not better.
The Wiesenthal Center’s
Europe in Crisis: Jewish
Communities’ Uncertain Future focuses
impact of this new crisis on Europe’s thousand-year-old
Jewish communities. Today, roughly 1.4
million Jews live in European Union countries with a
population of 400 million. It is estimated that “well over
150 million” of the EU’s adult citizens harbor anti-Semitic
and or extreme anti-Israel attitudes.
Europe’s Jewish communities view the dangers they face?
How have their responded? And what are future prospects?
Europe in Crisis,
written by SWC historical consultant Dr. Harold Brackman,
offers incisive perspective and commentary.
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