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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

In case of urgent scapegoat requirement, break glass.


78 years ago today it was Kristallnacht, when the Nazis went round breaking windows and otherwise wrecking synagogues, Jewish homes and Jewish-owned businesses. Because, as everyone knew, the Jews were the source of all that was evil in the Third Reich.

Today the ideological successors of those Nazis are still with us, burning down mosques, spitting on women in the street if they choose to wear headscarves, attacking people because they "look Muslim", laying the blame for every kind of crime at the door of Islam, or if not Islam then "immigrants". While people in Britain seem mostly content to look the other way, in the rest of Europe there is more general remembrance of what fascism led to comparatively recently, and the International Day against Fascism and Antisemitism attracts more of a following.

In a week when we are all exhorted to remember the fallen in the Second World War (among other casualties of war) let us not forget what they died to save us from.

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