Europe in Crisis: Jewish Communities’ Uncertain Future

Europe in Crisis: Jewish Communities’ Uncertain Future
June 30, 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 Jews?

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 latest report, Europe in Crisis: Jewish Communities’ Uncertain Future focuses on the 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.

How do 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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