US, Germany confront rising antisemitism, Holocaust denial – News Vibe24

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    BERLIN: The United States and Germany launched a new initiative on Thursday to halt a worrying rise in anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial around the world.
    The two governments have announced the launch of a US-German Holocaust dialogue aimed at reversing the trend that gained traction during the coronavirus pandemic amid rising political populism across Europe and the US.
    The dialogue creates a way of developing training tools and exchanging messages to teach young people and others about the crimes of the Nazis and their collaborators.
    US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and several Holocaust survivors were present at the memorial to the slain European Jews in Berlin.
    All cited links between Holocaust denial, revisionism and ignorance with growing anti-Semitism, as well as wider discrimination against minorities.
    “Holocaust denial and other forms of anti-Semitism often go hand in hand with homophobia, xenophobia, racism and other hatred,” said Blinken, the son of a Holocaust survivor.
    “It is also a cry for those who seek to overthrow our democracies, which we have seen in both our countries, (and) often a precursor to violence.”
    Maas echoed Blinken’s comments, stressing the importance of Germany – “the country of the perpetrators”, he said – taking the lead in the project.
    “In recent years, we have seen anti-Semitism and racism eating away at our society,” Maas said.
    “Think only of the Yellow Star sign as it appears in demonstrations against the Covid measures, the torrent of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on the Internet, the attacks on synagogues and Jews living in our countries, the riots in front of the Bundestag or the mass mob in the US capital.” .
    With advancing age seriously reducing the number of Holocaust survivors and fading first-hand memories of the horrors, Blinken and Maas said the new dialogue would produce innovative ways to educate the younger generation about the Holocaust and the Holocaust. alarming accumulation that led to the mass extermination of Jews and others in Nazi Germany and elsewhere.
    “The Shoah was not a sudden fall, but a gradual descent into the darkness,” Blinken said.

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