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November 9, 2015 4:28 pm

Swedish Jews Excluded From Kristallnacht Remembrance Over Security Fears

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An annual anti-Nazi event commemorating Kristallnacht was held in the city of Umeå last week. Photo: Wiki Commons.

An annual anti-Nazi event commemorating Kristallnacht was held in the city of Umeå last week. Photo: Wiki Commons. – The Jewish community of Sweden was not invited to an annual anti-Nazi event commemorating Kristallnacht due to a perceived security risk, the Swedish newspaper Norrköpings Tidningar reported.

The organizers of “Umeå against Nazism,” held in the city of Umeå last week, said that anti-Semitic and anti-Israel protests have occurred at past events and that it would be an unsafe environment for Jews.

“In previous years, we have had a lot of Palestinian flags at these rallies, and even one banner where the Israeli flag was equated with a swastika,” said the organizers, according to a translation.

Organizer and local Workers’ Party member Jan Hägglund said, “The Jewish community wasn’t invited because we assumed they might be uncomfortable around that sort of thing.’

The event centers on Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, the massive pogrom against Austrian and German Jews that many consider to have marked the beginning of the Holocaust in 1938.

Some city officials did invite the Jewish community to rallies in protest of this exclusion, including a ceremony initiated by Umeå’s first deputy chairman of the municipal government. Agren said it the exclusion was typical for Umeå and that he felt ashamed.

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  • A Sanders

    Shameful and disgusting to prevent the very people who suffered at the hands of the Nazis not to be permitted to attend this ceremony. Instead of falling in to the hands of the Jew haters, the authorities and the organisers should ban the anti Semitic demonstrators. There has to be a line where freedom of speech is no longer allowed when it comes to demonstrations that provoke racial hatred

  • A reproach for those who make done, 1.these ceremonies in name only. 2.Complicity for silence, and not not refuting those who act like the Reich.
    3. The deliberate usage by PLO ,and imitating the Reichers,who are an enemy.
    We must choose better.

  • Danny Kid

    Europe murdered and expelled its Jews and welcomed the Muslim Arabs. Soon Europe will be Judenfrei, empty of Jews, and then we will see the gutters flowing with blood and the drains clot. Europe will have its just deserts. Gezundheit.

  • ART

    So many hate us. They demean us and steal our past. They steal diaspora, holocaust, genocide, the Temple Mount and even Kristallnacht

  • Perhaps the only Swede who was really concerned about anti semitism was the most honorable Swede: Raoul Wallenberg, who saved many Jews during WWII in Hungary.
    Jew hating masquerades these days often under an Anti Israel banner. If this is the best Sweden has to offer, it is high time that they evaluate their collaboration during WWII with Nazi Germany.Sweden made a lot of money trading with Nazi Germany.
    Swedish society has never really examined their pro Nazi sentiments at large, after WWII was finished. Today the Neo Nazi (anti semitic) movement is very strong in Sweden and one must assume that this intimidating behavior is condoned by Swedish citizens at large.

    Shame on you Swedes! No guts, no balls!

    If kow towing is part of your democratic sense of world citizen ship I really feel sorry for you.
    Perhaps you will treat your new Islamic immigrants better in the near future but with your misplaced ignorant fears one must fear for Sweden as the democratic beacon it wishes to portray.

  • Jonas

    Let the antisemitic Swedes glorifying the Kristallnacht event, We shall overcome!!

  • brenrod

    when swedes reap the reward for their despicable behavior they shoud not expect sympathy