An organization monitoring antisemitism in Germany said on Tuesday that 2,480 incidences, or slightly under seven per day on average, were reported there in the previous year.
The Department for Research and Information on Anti-Semitism, or RIAS, reported that while there were nine incidents of extreme violence in 2022, the most since national record keeping started in 2017, there was a slight decrease in antisemitic incidents compared to the year before.
In the western city of Essen in November, a shooting took place at the home of a former rabbi, which was next to a historic synagogue.
The matter is currently being looked into by Germany’s federal prosecutor, along with two other allegedly violent antisemitic incidents.
But more frequently than not, “Jews are confronted with antisemitism in everyday situations,” RIAS director Benjamin Steinitz told reporters in Berlin.
These instances may occur everywhere, whether at work, at home, on the bus, at the grocery store, or at a concert.
Such “everyday” antisemitic actions come from a variety of political perspectives and frequently trivialize the Holocaust, in which 6 million European Jews were slaughtered by Germany’s Nazis and their henchmen.
Common themes associated with Jews or conspiracy theories, such as the coronavirus epidemic with its anti-Jewish narratives and the Middle East conflict with its antisemitic criticism of Israel, are used in many antisemitic hate crimes.
According to what RIAS discovered, a conspiracy is the cause of one out of every five anti-Semitic incidents. 13% of all instances featured a right-wing extremist background, whereas 53% of incidents could not be definitively connected to a particular political background.
The head of a significant art exhibition in Germany, Documenta 15, resigned last year after an exhibit featuring antisemitic elements sparked a public outcry in the nation, according to Felix Klein, the German government’s commissioner to combat antisemitism.
“Documenta fifteen was rightly the talk of the town,” Klein said. But many anti-Semitic episodes also take place in the cultural sector below the level of public awareness; like other facets of social life, they constitute a normal part of Jewish daily existence.
Jews in Germany who are subjected to antisemitism can get in touch with RIAS, which will not only record the events but also assist individuals who are concerned with additional connections to criminal police dedicated to combating antisemitism and organizations aiding victims of anti-Jewish hatred.